The Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia has contacted relevant Malaysian agencies after three Vietnamese crew members were killed in a gas leak on a cargo vessel off Malaysia’s Johor State on July 12.
Tran Quang Huy, the second secretary, told Thanh Nien that the embassy had reported the case to Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Earlier, Malaysian media reported that the three Vietnamese were killed and two others were rescued after inhaling poisonous gas onboard the cargo vessel Hi Ram.
The deceased have been identified as Pham Van Quy, 39, Nguyen Dinh Hung, 32, and Nguyen Duy Thai, 50, the Sunday Daily reported.
The captain of the vessel, Nguyen Van Quang, 45, and crew member Luc Duc, 32, are reported to be in stable condition at Kota Tinggi Hospital in Johor, according to the newspaper.
Malaysia's news agency Bernama quoted Tanjung Sedili Maritime chief enforcement officer Amran Daud as saying that his agency received an emergency call from the cargo ship at 4.1 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Penyusup at 9.20 p.m. on July 12.
The cargo ship carrying timber logs on its way to India from Bintulu, Sarawak, had stopped at Pengerang for bunkering, the news agency reported.
Malaysian media reported that the MV Hi Ram registered in Vietnam. However, the Marine Traffic website identified it as Cyprus-flagged.