Eight people are still missing after two cargo ships collided off the coast of Khanh Hoa Province early Sunday.
According to the National Committee for Search and Rescue, the accident happened at around 1:30 am when the iron-carrying Phuc Xuan 68 with 11 crew members collided with the Nam Vy 69 carrying 2,500 tons of beans and corn around 10 nautical miles southeast of Nha Trang waters.
The Phuc Xuan 68 sank immediately, with no crew members having enough time to put on life jackets.
At the time of the accident, rough waves and strong winds were recorded at the site.
Rescuers from the Search and Rescue Center Region 4 and Khanh Hoa Border Guard sent five ships and a canoe to the site. By 4 am they rescued three crew members of the Phuc Xuan 68.
The sailors were in panic and unstable health condition.
As of press time, the eight others are still missing. The search is underway.
Nguyen Nhat, director of the Vietnam Maritime Department, was quoted by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper as saying: "It cannot be ruled out that the missing sailors are still alive. There were instances in which the missing victims survived intact after two or three days".