24 missing following shipwreck off Central coast

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Rescuers are still searching for 24 sailors who went missing after their cargo ship sank off the coast Quang Binh province on Thursday.


Authorities say that the Phu Tan was carrying 27 people and 1,000 shipping containers when severe winds began to blow.


Rescue boat SAR 273 found the body of mate Dong Van Bau Friday afternoon. A pair of crew members was rescued by a Chinese ship the same day. 


The National Committee for Search and Rescue previously told Thanh Nien that the entire crew had managed to pack into lifeboats and that rescuers were finding ways to approach them.


In other news, a rescue team from Thua Thien Hue Province found the body of Tran Truong, 51, on Friday.


Truong was one of the four missing fishermen whose boat sank in troubled waters the previous day.


According to the Rescue Department of Vietnam's Border Guards, many boats and ships sent out distress signals Thursday due to high winds.


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