|A report by the Viet Nam Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (VMRCC) said the VP Asphalt 2, owned by the Hai Phong-based VP Petrochemical Transport JSC, was hijacked at 4:30am about 60 nautical miles from Singapore. — Photo nld
HA NOI (VNS) — A sailor was killed in a pirate attack on a Vietnamese cargo ship bound for home from Singapore on Sunday.
A report by the Viet Nam Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (VMRCC) said the VP Asphalt 2, owned by the Hai Phong-based VP Petrochemical Transport JSC, was hijacked at 4:30am about 60 nautical miles from Singapore.
The ship, carrying 16 crew members and 2,300 tonnes of liquid asphalt, was heading to Go Dau Port in the southern province of Dong Nai.
After immobilising the crew, the pirates ransacked the ship for valuables before leaving an hour later.
The crew later found Tran Duc Dat in his room in a coma with a bullet through his forehead.
After receiving distress calls from the ship, the VMRCC instructed the crew to conduct first aid and requested Singaporean search and rescue authorities for emergency help.
At 9:40am, a Singaporean rescue helicopter approached the ship and airlifted Dat back to the mainland, but he succumbed to his injuries.
The VP Asphalt 2 has returned to Singapore.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Viet Nam News that it was in the process of handling the situation.
The VMRCC said that the location of the hijacking was "relatively close" to the place where another Vietnamese cargo ship was attacked after departing from Singapore on October 2.
The oil tanker Sunrise 689 went missing for a week before reappearing minus 5,200 tonnes of oil that had been reportedly taken by pirates.
Two of the ship's 18 crewmen were injured in the attack. — VNS