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Boat sinks off Rạch Gốc, six fishermen rescued

Update: August, 22/2016 - 17:00
Fishing boat operate offshore.Six fishermen have been rescued after their boat was sunk off Cà Mau sea. — VNA/VNS Illustrative Photo
Viet Nam News

CÀ MAU — Coastguards in the southernmost Cà Mau Province’s Ngọc Hiển District saved six fishermen drifting in the sea off Rạch Gốc Town, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and search and rescue said today that the fishermen’s boat sank due to huge waves on Saturday, when it was 43 nautical miles off Rạch Gốc seaport.

After being informed about the accident that occurred around midnight on Saturday, the Rạch Gốc Coastguard Post quickly managed to determine the position of the sunken boat.

The vessel, with a registered number plate KG 90892 TS, belongs to Captain Nguyễn Văn Toàn, a resident of the southern Kiên Giang Province. It was carrying Toàn and five other fishermen.

The Cà Mau Coastguard’s steering committee instructed Rạch Gốc coastguard officers to use two fishing vessels of local residents and sent six coastguard personnel to rescue the fishermen. They also called for assistance from other fishing boats in the vicinity.

All six fishermen were rescued by 9.30am yesterday and brought to shore. All are in stable health. 

Local authorities and fishermen are managing to  help salvage the sunken boat. — VNS


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