2 dead, 1 missing as sportfishing boat sinks off southern Vietnam

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Two anglers died in a fishing accident Sunday in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Thuan after their boat sank while a third remains missing.

The accident happened at around 5 pm when the boat carrying nine men on a fishing trip off Tuy Phong District was hit by strong waves and sank.

Nguyen Ngoc Han, 43, one of the six to survive, said he grabbed a plastic can and swam ashore.

"When I got too weak to swim, I held on to the can and let the waves take me.

"At around 1 am on Monday, I was washed ashore."

Four other men Nguyen Hoang Dung, Nguyen Trung Viet, Tran Thien Phu, and Duong Phu Khoa were rescued by squid fishermen.

Nguyen Lap, the 33-year-old pilot and owner of the boat, swam to safety by himself.

By 11 am Monday, rescuers had found the bodies of Le Loi, 51, and Nguyen Hoang Khanh, 43.

Nguyen Tan, 59, is still missing, and rescuers are continuing their search for him.

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