A Vietnamese sailor who saved an old man from drowning at sea in South Korea last February has been hailed as one of that country's "19 bravest" people, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Tran Dinh Tam and the other 18 were feted at a ceremony in the capital Seoul by petroleum firm S-Oil last Friday and given prizes collectively worth US$145,000.
He told reporters that in late February he rescued a 76-year-old Korean tourist while hanging out at a beach with friends.
Tam, who now works as a sailor in southwestern Korea, was unable to attend the ceremony.
Earlier this month a Korean civil society program had praised him and given an award of $2,800.
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