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Oil tanker towed to safety after pirate hijacking attack

Update: October, 13/2014 - 09:14
Vietnamese oil tanker Sunrise 689 that was hijacked by pirates was towed to Vung Tau safely on Saturday.  — Photo tinmoi
BA RIA VUNG TAU (VNS) — Vietnamese oil tanker Sunrise 689 that was hijacked by pirates was towed to Vung Tau safely on Saturday.

The Viet Nam Marine Department and local authorities paid a visit to crew members, and all 18 of them were reported to be in a stable condition. Marine Police Zone 3, in co-operation with the border soldiers, local police and the local people's procuracy, are investigating the case.

All the equipment in the cabin area was damaged.

Nguyen Nhat, head of the department, said local marine authorities had taken measures to help crew members return home and move the tanker to Cua Viet Port in Quang Tri Province.

The 6,000-ton tanker left Singapore on October 2 but vanished from radar at 4:27 am the next morning. The tanker, owned by the Hai Phong Sea Product Shipbuilding Joint Stock Company, disappeared about 360 nautical miles from Ca Mau Province.

It was abandoned by pirates after pumping part of its 5,200 tonnes of oil, but only two of the ship's 18 crew members were injured by the pirates.

On Sunday, the provincial Border Guard Command Office sent 15 fishing vessels to find the captain of a fishing vessel which crashed into by a Malaysian barge and sank on Saturday night.

Captain Nguyen Van Thuong and eight crew members fell into the sea after their vessel was hit by the Malaysian barge in the Vung Tau area. Seven of the crew managed to swim onto the barge while Thuong remains missing.

The provincial Marine Department has asked the Malaysian barge to return to the area and join the search for the missing fisherman. — VNS

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