Body of missing fisherman found after suspected blast fishing accident

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The body of a missing Vietnamese fisherman suspected of dying in a blast fishing accident has been found, according to local authorities.


The corpse of Captain Vo Van Vang, 30, was found six hours with multi injuries after he and two other crew members had gone missing July 17 near the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago off the coast of central Vietnam.


Initial reports that all three bodies had been found were incorrect.



Blast fishing kills three fishermen in central Vietnam 
Luong Han Phong, one of 13 fishermen on the boat, said the crew heard an explosion 100 meters from their boat the morning of July 17, at which point they crew realized three were missing. Investigators suspected that Vang and two others -- Ho Quang Sang, 24, and Le Tuan, 26, -- had taken out a smaller boat to go blast fishing and had then had an accident.


Blast fishing, a practice in which fishermen drop high caliber explosives in the water to kill more fish, is illegal in Vietnam because of its negative affects on the environment and because of the danger it poses to fisherman. Deadly accidents are common.


Vang's body was brought home to the central province of Quang Ngai Wednesday.


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