Eight fishermen missing off Thanh Hóa Province

Update: January, 10/2018 - 15:37
Local residents gather by the sea, awaiting news of the missing fishermen. – Photo
Viet Nam News

THANH HÓA — Rescue forces are searching for eight fishermen missing from three fishing boats that sank off the coast of the central province of Thanh Hóa, following the strong monsoon recently.

According to initial information from the provincial sub-Department of Exploitation and Protection of Aquatic Resources, three fishing boats with 18 fishermen in Tĩnh Gia District’s Hải Thanh Commune reportedly sank yesterday and other boats lost contact while on their way to shore, the online Dân trí newspaper reported.

Ten crew members were rescued safely, according to local officials of Hải Thanh Commune, but rescue works are proving difficult due to strong winds and fog.

The sub-Department of Exploitation and Protection of Aquatic Resources has sent an official letter requesting the fisheries sub-deparment of the coastal provinces from Quảng Ninh to Quảng Bình and coastal districts of Thanh Hóa Province to inform ship owners and residents living along the coastline of the incident. — VNS