1 dead, 5 missing in fishing boat wreck in southern Vietnam

By Que Ha, Thanh Nien News

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Health officers bring a fisherman, who was rescued after a fishing boat sank off Binh Thuan Province July 8, ashore. Photo: Thanh Ha.
Rescuers recovered the body of a fisherman, on Thursday, who drowned off the coast of Binh Thuan Province when his boat sank two days earlier with 18 on board.
Five other fisherman remain missing.
The body was identified as belonging to Ngo Minh Tuan, 35, of Phan Thiet, the provincial capitol.
On Wednesday evening, Binh Thuan authorities mobilized search and rescue units from the provincial navy, coast guard and border guard forces to look for the five fishermen who went missing after the boat capsized.
The National Committee for Search and Rescue also dispatched helicopters to join the search, but they turned away from the site of the sinking due to bad weather.
Earlier that afternoon, a Binh Thuan Border Guard ship brought 13 fishermen rescued after the accident ashore for medical treatment.
Three of the 13 fishermen were discharged from hospital on Thursday morning.
At around 4:40pm on Tuesday (July 8) the fishing boat piloted by Bui Van Toan, 40, with 19 onboard was heading home after fishing in Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands when it capsized in rough waves around 26 nautical miles south of Ke Ga beach in Binh Thuan’s Ham Thuan Nam District.
Another fishing boat nearby tried to rescue the survivors but failed, so it sent mayday signals to local authorities.
More than three hours later, rescue vessels dispatched by the Binh Thuan Border Guard arrived and rescued the fishermen.
The search for the missing continues.

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