A foreign vessel allegedly rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat on an island in Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago on Saturday, authorities said.
Authorities in the south-central province of Binh Dinh said the fishing boat belonging to Pham Tiet, a Binh Dinh native, with eight crew members onboard was rammed around 60 nautical miles southeast of Lin Con Island in Hoang Sa at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
After the crash, the foreign vessel fled the scene. The fishing boat then sank.
Another fishing boat came to the site and rescued all the crew members of the sunken boat.
The sunken boat was then towed ashore by a search and rescue vessel.
Further investigations are ongoing.