|Nguyễn Viết Nam (centre), owner of the fishing vessel works with authorities to find the crew. — VNA/VNS Photo|
KHÁNH HÒA — Việt Nam has asked regional countries to cooperate in the search for 10 missing fishermen from a vessel found off the coast of Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu on January 11.
According to the Office of the National Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue, authorities in Việt Nam are calling for help from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia in the search and rescue mission.
The exact location where the ship encountered difficulties remains unknown, hampering rescue efforts.
The ship left Hòn Rớ Port in Nha Trang at 2pm on December 27, 2018. The last time the fishermen on board contacted their families was December 29 and no news has been heard since then.
At 10.40 am on January 11, another fishing vessel found the ship sunk 160 nautical miles off Vũng Tàu Cape without any signs of the fishermen on board. Eight of them are from central Khánh Hòa Province while two others are from Bình Định Province.
In other incidents, border police from Bình Định and Thừa Thiên – Huế provinces saved four fishermen working on two vessels which sank on January 14 and 15 off the coast of the two provinces. — VNS