A foreign boat rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat off the central coast on Friday, according to local fishers.
The fishing boat owned by Huynh Hop, a 69-year-old fisherman in Quang Ngai Province, was reportedly fishing around 60 nautical miles from Con Co Island in Quang Tri Province when the foreign boat crashed into it at noon on Friday.
Hop said the boat was captained by his son Huynh Thach and had 10 sailors onboard.
The sailors were taking a nap at that time when the foreign boat rammed into the fishing boat’s port.
Thach told news website VnExpress the foreign boat was around 30 meters in length and three times higher than the fishing boat.
After the first crash, seven of 10 sailors on the fishing boat were thrown into the sea.
The foreign boat crashed into the fishing boat once more time, making its cabin collapse and causing it to sink completely.
The foreign boat left while Vietnamese fishers called for help.
The sailors tried to swim and grab anything they can until other fishing boats arrived and rescued all of them.
Thach, the captain, told VnExpress he saw two foreign men sitting on the foreign boat when his boat sank and saw Chinese characters on the foreign boat.
The fishing boat was pulled ashore on Saturday afternoon. It was completely damaged.
Local authorities are still investigating.