Vietnamese marine police rescued 12 fishermen after their boat broke down off the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands on June 17.
At 7:50 a.m. a tugboat from the 2nd Marine Police Region approached the fishing boat, which belonged to fishermen from Quang Nam Province and had been stranded at sea for 42 hours.
The boat was drifting freely after its engine failed some 320 nautical miles (600 kilometers) northeast of Da Nang City due to strong winds and rough seas caused by typhoon Talim.
Because of the rough seas, the tugboat could not draw alongside the fishing boat. Marine police swung food, water and medicine onto the boat using zip lines.
They provided first aid for the 12 exhausted fishermen.
Three hours later, the tugboat began towing the fishing boat ashore. They were expected to reach shore after 56 hours.
Typhoon Talim, the second tropical storm to hit the East Sea this year, did not make landfall in Vietnam. However, it affected weather in the north and middle areas of the East Sea, including the Hoang Sa Islands, where it kicked up to 61kph.
A number of fishing boats, mostly from central provinces, were reported to have broken down and sunk off the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos since June 15.
On June 15, Truong Van Phat, 23, of Binh Dinh Province died after falling into the sea while catching squid off the Truong Sa Islands.
According to other fishermen, Phat was standing near the edge of the boat when a strong wind and large wave knocked him into the water.
His body had yet to be recovered as of Tuesday.
The first tropical storm of the year, Pakhar, hit the East Sea on April 1, bringing torrential rains to Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces.
Two people were killed while thousands of houses and hundreds of trees were damaged by the typhoon.