Body of Vung Tau captain recovered after collision with Malaysian barge

By Nguyen Long, Thanh Nien News

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Rescuers carry the body of Captain Nguyen Van Thuong ashore on October 14, 2014. Photo: Nguyen Long Rescuers carry the body of Captain Nguyen Van Thuong ashore on October 14, 2014. Photo: Nguyen Long

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Rescuers recovered the body of a Vietnamese fishing boat captain who fell into the sea after a collision with a Malaysia-flagged barge and tug last Saturday. 
Nguyen Van Thuong, 30, was found seven nautical miles from the site of the collision.
At around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Newton 5 barge and Newton 3 tugboat were carrying over 10,000 tons of rock from Vung Tau to Singapore when they crashed into the fishing boat coded QNg 94301 TS, from the central province of Quang Ngai.
The fishing boat was carrying 12 people at the time of the accident, which occurred some 17 nautical miles from the Vung Tau cape. 
The crash left a big hole on the fishing boat's port side, allowing water to flow into the hull.
Thuong, the captain, fell overboard and drowned. 
Seven crew members jumped into the Newton 5. The remaining four were rescued by a nearby fishing boat. 
A search and rescue team from the Vung Tau Maritime Authorities rallied to the site and ordered the Newton 5 to stop. 
The fishing boat was then towed ashore for repairs.

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