|Rescue ship with number 736 (left) tows the fishing boat towards the shore. — Photo news.zing.vn|Viet Nam News
KHÁNH HÒA — A fishing boat with a 16-member crew, which drifted for several days in the Trường Sa (Spratly) Archipelago, reached Bà Ngòi Port in Cam Ranh City Sunday afternoon.
The boat was towed to the port by a rescue ship.
Earlier, on November 29, the Vietnam Navy received distress signals from the fishing boat, coded BD-99.559TS and captained by 45-year-old Nguyễn Cường, a native of Bình Định Province.
The boat’s crew was reportedly fishing 270 nautical miles off the Quy Nhơn coast when its engine broke down.
The vessel was carrying 7,000 litres of diesel oil and seven tonnes of fish.
The Vietnam Navy decided to assign a ship to immediately initiate a search operation for the boat.
The rescue ship reached the boat on November 30 and towed it to Song Tử Tây Island in Trường Sa Archipelago for repair. On December 6, it was pulled to the mainland because the problem could not be fixed.
On the same day, another fishing boat with 16 crew members from Bình Định Province was also successfully rescued by the command of the Fourth Region under the Vietnam Navy. The engine had broken down and the boat was drifting some 40 nautical miles from Đà Nẵng City’s Sơn Trà Peninsula for two days. — VNS