Two Vietnamese die in Uruguay boat fire, 4 injured

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Two Vietnamese crew members were dead and four were injured after a South Korean fishing boat caught fire in Uruguay's Montevideo port last weekend, according to a report by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The bodies of Nguyen Van Huu, 30, and Tran Van Duan, 27, both hailing from the central province of Ha Tinh, were found near the engine room of the Jung Woo 3.

Nguyen Dinh Tung, a 32-year-old sailor from the central province of Nghe An, who survived the fire, told Tuoi Tre the fire started at around 4 a.m. on Saturday while all crew members were sleeping.

There were 25 Vietnamese and 16 Chinese and Korean crew members onboard at the time of the accident.

According to Tung, four Vietnamese sailors were burned, three seriously, in the fire. Along with two other crew members, the four are being treated at a local hospital.

The cause for the fire is not yet known, he said.

The Jung Woo 3 was carrying 300,000 liters of fuel oil and was preparing to depart on Sunday, Uruguay's online newspaper MercoPress reported.

Local authorities have towed the fishing boat out of the port to keep it from setting other boats ablaze.

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