A rescue ship from the Việt Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre Region III. — Photo vov.vn
Viet Nam News
BÀ RỊA-VŨNG TÀU — A vessel from the Việt Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre Region III on Tuesday morning rescued 24 fishermen whose boat had broken down and was at risk of sinking about 46 nautical miles from shore.
The rescue boat and the fishermen are expected to arrive in Vũng Tàu City on Tuesday night.
The rescue ship was launched at around 2am after receiving a distress call from Nguyễn Thành Thuận, owner of the fishing boat which was returning to port to avoid storm Yutu. The boat lost power in high waves and was left drifting.
Because of storm Yutu, rescuers had trouble reaching the fishermen. They finally reached the stricken vessel at 10am and began pumping water out of it before towing the boat to co-ordination centre Region III in Vũng Tàu.
Yutu made landfall in the municipality of Dinapigue in Isabela, on the northern island of Luzon, the Philippines on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, Yutu entered the East Sea, making it the seventh storm to hit the region this year. As of 4pm, the storm is about 770km from the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) archipelago to the east. At 4pm on Wednesday, it is forecast to be about 560km from the archipelago with wind strengths near the eye of up to 100-115 km per hour. — VNS