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16 crewmen rescued off Quang Tri coast

Update: October, 12/2015 - 07:40

QUANG TRI (VNS) — Ten crewmen have been rescued from sea after their cargo ship was wrecked by strong waves near Con Co island off the coast of central Quang Tri Province.

The province's Border Guard Commanders said the guards early yesterday morning successfully rescued all crewmen on the sinking ship An Phu Khang 079 traveling from southern Dong Nai Province to northern Hai Phong City, carrying 1,500 tonnes of fertilizer.

Strong waves from bad weather sank the rear half of the ship 500m from the island when the crewmen delivered an emergency signal for help. The site of the accident is near a rock and the rescuing ship could not approach closer, so the guards deployed a fishing boat to get the men on board.

Six other crewmen were rescued from fishing boat numbered QB98902TS in the sea 30 nautical miles off local coast.

The boat, owned by a fisherman in neighbouring Quang Binh Province, had a dead engine and was floating freely on the ocean. — VNS

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