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Three fishermen rescued off Can Gio

Update: April, 16/2015 - 16:31
The SAR 272 ship rescued three fishermen from the BV 0058 TS boat. — Photo Vung Tau MRCC
BA RIA-VUNG TAU (VNS) — The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Zone 3 on Thursday morning handed over three fishermen rescued from a boat to their families and the authorities in the southern Tien Giang province.

Earlier, the centre received a call for help from the owner of the BV 0058 TS fishing boat at about 5pm on Wednesday. Khanh, the boat's owner from Tien Giang Province, said the boat was drifting in Ho Chi Minh City's Can Gio coastal area as its engine had broken down due to strong winds.

The centre asked the HCM Coastal Radio Station to broadcast an alert to all ships in that area to assist the people on the boat. It also dispatched the SAR 272 ship stationed near the area to rescue the people and inform all relevant agencies for coordination.

At 7pm on the same day, SAR 272 reached the boat and rescued three fishermen. They were transported to Vung Tau City and given accommodation till they could be taken home.

Also on Thursday, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Zone 3 said 11 other fishermen from Binh Dinh province were rescued from the BD 96427 fishing boat, 120 nautical miles off Con Dao Island, which had been hit by a cargo ship at 11am on Wednesday. The fishing boat sank, and the fishermen climbed into a coracle that drifted in the sea after a distress call was made. At 7am on Thursday, they were rescued by an unregistered Nhan Nghia boat that was passing by. The 11 fishermen are expected to be transported to Ben Tre province on Friday. — VNS

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