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Fishing vessel, foreign cargo ship collide, 7 missing

Update: July, 08/2016 - 17:51
A fishing vessel goes fishing in central Quảng Trị Province’s territorial water.— Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Seven Vietnamese fishermen are still missing after their fishing vessel QB3917TS collided with a Philippines cargo ship in central Quảng Trị Province’s territorial waters on Monday, Zing online newspaper reported.

Trịnh Thị Hà, the wife of the fishing vessel’s captain, said she heard about the collision on Monday afternoon when an insurance agent in HCM City telephoned her to inform her of the accident.

According to Hà, when the accident occurred, the cargo ship was believed to be carrying goods from Việt Nam to Singapore. After the fishing vessel sank, the cargo ship saved the fishermen. The captain was allowed to telephone his insurance agency to inform them of the situation. However, no further contact has been made since then. Hà and the families of the other fishermen are now growing concerned.

Previously, the vessel from central Quảng Bình Province had gone on a fishing expedition in Quảng Trị Province’s territorial waters on July 29.

All the fishermen were related and lived in Cảnh Dương Commune. —VNS

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