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Oil tanker runs aground off VN

Update: December, 25/2012 - 10:00

THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS)— Vietnamese rescuers yesterday tried to reach a Malaysian oil tanker that ran aground just 300 metres off the Thua Thien - Hue coast to rescue five sailors.

According to provincial officials, the 3,000-tonne Onnekas One was being towed to China's Hainan for repairs by Singaporean vessel Sebang T7 when strong winds began to buffet on Sunday.

The Singapore ship had to cut the tow cable, and the Onnekas One began to drift towards the province's Quang Dien District. It ran aground there.

Strong winds and rough seas are hampering the rescue team.

The rescuers have tried to shoot cables to the vessel but in vain. They have now decided to wait for calmer waters and use fishing boats to reach the vessel.

The identities of the five sailors are not known yet.

Meanwhile, three seamen in the southern province of Soc Trang rescued a foreign yacht on Saturday, which was drifting in the Soc Trang Sea over 20 nautical miles off the My Thanh Seaport.

Kenneth Putney, an American who works for a company in the Philippines, was the only man on the Ocean - 140471 yacht. He said the yacht left the Philippines for Thailand and was tugged by another boat.

On the way, the yacht was hit with raw sea and strong waves, causing the rope to break and the yacht had drifted on the sea since December 15. When it was discovered, the yacht had ran out of fuel and Putney was exhausted.

Putney is now in a stable condition and the provincial Border Guards Command has contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform the Philippines Embassy of the case. — VNS

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