HA NOI — Brunei police on January 20 detained a fishing boat and arrested its crew of nine fishermen from central Binh Dinh Province for fishing in Brunei's territorial waters, according to the Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei.
Immediately after the incident, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry asked the embassy and relevant agencies to define the circumstances of the incident and take necessary measures to protect the crew.
The fishermen are in good health and are at Bandar police station.
The Foreign Ministry has sent a diplomatic note to the Brunei Embassy in Ha Noi to ask Brunei to solve the case and promptly free the nine Vietnamese fishermen and their ship.
In other news, Ngo Van Sy, one of the Vietnamese crewmen who escaped from a South Korean fishing vessel that caught fire south of New Zealand on January 11, was discharged from hospital in New Zealand yesterday and is on his way home.
Sy was scheduled to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport today, according to the Vietnamese Embassy in New Zealand.
The embassy said it would continue co-ordinating with relevant agencies to help the other injured crewman, Tran Van Ngoan, who remains in hospital, to return home as soon as possible. — VNS