Six Vietnamese fishermen were returned to shore Tuesday by a ship belonging to the Republic of Marshall Islands. The men reported that they had been rammed last week by a much larger boat.
The Binh Dinh fishermen were struck 27 kilometers off the Da Nang coast on the midnight, Saturday. Their boat sank followng the collision, as the men scrambled for life preservers.
The ship Hubsterllar spotted the men floating in the ocean Monday morning while making its way to Hai Phong.
The fishermen, Nguyen Hoang, 31, Nguyen Dung, 44, Nguyen Van Thao, 20, Nguyen Duong Phi, 17, Nguyen Van Trung, 16 and captain Nguyen Van Tri, 34, were collected and taken to Doan Xa Port in Hai Phong.
Last month, a boat carrying 18 fishermen from Quang Ngai was rammed near the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands around midnight by a boat four times larger than theirs.
Of late, many Vietnamese fishing boats have been attacked and robbed in the East Sea waters. Most of these attacks reportedly involved Chinese boats.
Fishermen in the area have also reported seeing more boats with Chinese flags in Vietnamese waters, recently.