|The fishing boat QNg 94301 TS. — Photo 24h.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Search and rescue operations are being carried out to find six Vietnamese sailors who went missing last Sunday, the Viet Nam News Agency reported yesterday.
Shipmates of the sailors, aged between 18 and 23, saw them jump off the Taiwanese ship they were working on, 18km off Hokkaido Island in Japan, the report said.
The body of one man was found near the coast of the Aomori Province later, but Japanese authorities have not identified him yet.
The Japanese Coast Guard also discovered three lifebuoys near the city of Mutsu in Aomori Prefecture. It was later confirmed that the lifebuoys were from the same Taiwanese ship from which the missing sailors had reportedly jumped off.
The incident is being investigated by authorities.
Captain's body found
In another story, the body of Nguyen Van Thuong, captain of fishing boat QNg 94301 TS, was retrieved yesterday, according to the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Border Defense Force.
His body has been brought back to Vung Tau City for an autopsy.
Thuong's boat was hit by NEWTON 5, a Malaysian barge, on Sunday, around 8pm near Vung Tau.
The impact resulted in eight Vietnamese sailors falling into the sea.
Captain Thuong went missing, but the other seven managed to swim to the barge and were rescued. — VNS