Chinese vessel sinks Vietnamese fishing boat, leaves 11 at sea off Paracels

By Hien Cu, Thanh Nien News

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A Chinese vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat, leaving 11 crew members drifting on the sea off Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands on Thursday.
Authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai announced Friday that the Vietnamese fishing boat codenamed QNg 90559 TS belonged to fisherfolk in Quang Ngai’s Binh Son District.
On Thursday evening, when some boats from Quang Ngai were fishing off Hoang Sa in Da Nang City, two Chinese vessels approached them and tried to prevent them from fishing by using high-capacity light and loudspeakers to shoo them away.
The Vietnamese boats moved away from the site. The QNg 90559 TS was moving rather slowly, so a Chinese ship rammed and sank it at around 11 p.m.
Eleven crew members of the Vietnamese boat clung on to bamboo baskets and lifebuoys drifting on the sea.
Around three hours later, after the Chinese ship left, another Vietnamese fishing boat came back to the area and rescued all of them.
The Quang Ngai authorities said they will pull the sunk boat out of water as evidence to protest against Chinese aggression.
At least five fishing boats from Quang Ngai have reported that they were attacked and robbed by Chinese vessels over the last two months.

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