Vietnamese soldiers on Sinh Ton Island in the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago Monday recused a Filipino fisherman, who sought for help after his boat was broken.
The man was found clingging onto a capsized fishing boat washed up near the shore. After nearly one hour, the Vietnamese successfully rescued the man, who could only utter some words in English before fainted.
On Tuesday morning, the man, who was in better condition,said his name is Anthongradule. He is 34 years old and lives with his wife named Loga in Nasungpo district, Batangas province, Philippines.
Anthongradule said he was among the crew of a vessel, which departed from Batangas Port on February 3 and reached the En Dat island in the Spratly islands three days later.
The man said he and four other fishermen left the vessel for a small boat to catch fish in the nearby area, adding the crew also took another 10 small boats like his with five to 10 people on each boat.
However, his boat was capsized later due to big waves and he was the only person clinging onto the boat, drifting downwind before being rescued.
He said he had no information about the fate of the four other fishermen as well as the crew on the 10 other fishing boats.
An offocial from Sinh Ton Island Commune People’s Committee told Thanh Nien the commune authority supplied the rescued fisherman with clothes, blanket, pilow as well as meals.
The island authority also reported the case to the Truong Sa Island District government and asked the latter to contact the Khanh Hoa Province Department of Foreign Affairs Department to urgently complete procedure to handover the fisherman under diplomatic channels.