BA RIA - VUNG TAU (VNS)— Five crew members on board fishing vessel BV7679 who suffered gas poisoning in its hold were rescued by the Vietnamese-Russian Petroleum Joint Venture (Vietsovpetro) on Thursday evening.
The seamen were taken by a helicopter to Vung Tau early Friday morning for treatment.
The five men are: Bui Thanh Chinh, 41; Bui Thanh Ut, 37; Huynh Van Hoang, 34; Danh em, 33; and Tran Van Loi, 20. They are employees of Vuong Thi Thu Thuy, a resident of Vung Tau City who owns the fishing vessel.
They were poisoned by gas released in the hold of their fishing boat on Thursday afternoon, then operating some 250km off Vung Tau. Further details of the accident have not been released.
|The seamen were taken by a helicopter to Vung Tau early Friday morning for treatment.The seamen were taken by a helicopter to Vung Tau early Friday morning for treatment.— Photo laodong
Seeing their colleagues lying unconscious in the hold, other crew members managed to bring them out to the deck of the vessel and sent SOS signals to other boats and ships in the area.
Shortly after receiving the SOS signals, Ky Van 01, owned by Vietsovpetro, reported the incident to Tam Dao No 2 oil rig, which the joint venture operates.
Managers of the oil rig dispatched Dr Do Thanh Hung to the site to provide emergency treatment for the victims.
Later, at around 9 p.m., the five seamen, who were still unconscious, were taken to the oilrig from where they were flown to Vung Tau City on Thursday and admitted to the Le Loi Hospital for treatment at around 2am on Friday.
They had recovered as of Friday afternoon, hospital sources said.
Dr Tran Van Bay, director of the hospital, said that gas poisoning could lead to shortage of oxygen in the brain, which in turn could have serious impacts including loss of memory and even brain death, especially if treatment was delayed. —VNS