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Bình Định fishing boats hit by Typhoon Kaitak

Update: December, 21/2017 - 09:00
Late yesterday, the Việt Nam National Committee for Search and Rescue sent a vessel to rescue a local fishing boat which had ran out of fuel and was drifting at sea 116 nautical miles from Ô Cấp Cape in the southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu.— VNA/VNS Photo

BÌNH ĐỊNH — Late yesterday, the Việt Nam National Committee for Search and Rescue sent a vessel to rescue a local fishing boat which had ran out of fuel and was drifting at sea 116 nautical miles from Ô Cấp Cape in the southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu.

The fishing boat, registered in the central coastal province of Bình Định, had 15 fishermen onboard and was on the way back to shore to avoid Typhoon Kaitak. When it ran out of fuel and began to drift on strong winds and waves, the captain attempted to send SOS calls.

Also yesterday, two fishing boats from Bình Định which were sinking offshore, were rescued by two other fishing boats from the same province. Eleven fishermen from the two sinking boats were saved, but one remains missing.

According to Bình Định Province’s Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention, Control and Search and Rescue, five fishing boats from Hoài Nhơn District are still in dangerous locations, two of them have lost contact.

By late yesterday, Bình Định had more than 2,000 boats with over 12,000 fishermen fishing offshore.  — VNS

 

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