Local fishermen in the central province of Binh Dinh on Friday handed over three Philippine counterparts after rescuing them off the coast of Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago five days before.
Nguyen Mien, who owns the boat that saved the foreign fishermen, told Thanh Nien that his crew found them drifting on October 20, and took care of them on their way to the coast.
Initial information was that the Philippine vessel had been sunk by big waves.
A report on Dan Tri said the Binh Dinh Headquarters of Border Guards' border gate control force provided the troubled foreigners with medicine and personal items.
Meanwhile, provincial agencies are completing procedures to hand them over to Philippine agencies, it said.
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