Vietnamese authorities rescued Saturday a local fishing boat allegedly attacked by Malaysian pirates off Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands.
The fishing boat, hailing from the central province of Binh Dinh with 13 sailors onboard, was fishing nine nautical miles from Tien Nu Island in Hoang Sa when a high-speed canoe approached it at around 10 p.m. on Friday.
Four Malaysian men carrying riffles and short guns jumped into the fishing boat.
They controlled the crew members of the boat, threatening to rob them.
The crew members managed to send SOS signals calling for help to Binh Dinh provincial authorities at 6:35 a.m. Saturday.
Two and a half hours later, a rescue boat came to the scene. Binh Dinh authorities rescued all crew members of the boat and arrested the four pirates.
They found there was no food and water on the high-speed canoe and decided to release the pirates.