Bodies found off southern Vietnam believed to be sailors of sunk barge

By Dan Ha, Thanh Nien News

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Boats of Soc Trang Province's Border Guard join the search for five sailors on a barge that sank off the coast of Bac Lieu Province on December 13. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong Boats of Soc Trang Province's Border Guard join the search for five sailors on a barge that sank off the coast of Bac Lieu Province on December 13. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong

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A rescue vessel on Friday found two bodies believed to be those of sailors of a barge that sank in rough sea off Vietnam's southern coast last week.
The SAR-272 vessel found the bodies some 20 km east of Hon Khoai (Khoai Isle), Ca Mau Province, at noon, according to the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center. The bodies were brought back to Ca Mau for identification.
Nguyen Van Tuan, captain of the barge, said it was "very likely" that those were the bodies of his two crewmen.
Tuan's 1,000 ton barge, with 5 people on board, sank while cruising in rough sea off Bac Lieu at around 3 p.m. last Saturday (Dec 13).

Sailors of rescue vessel SAR-272 carry a body floating found off Hon Khoai on Thursday.
The self-propelled barge was carrying 1,274 tons of concrete poles from Ho Chi Minh City to Bac Lieu.
The barge has no radio device and the crew members, who called their company via mobile phone before losing contact, said the vessel was stranded some 13 kilometers off the Dinh An estuary of the Tranh De River in strong wind.
Five crew members managed to grab lifebuoys when the barge sank. 
Captain Tuan, 28, and Nguyen Van Lieu, 40, were rescued by a fishing boat off Hon Khoai on Tuesday. 

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