Hundreds of boats still in turbulent waters

About 585 fishing boats with 7,400 people on board are still operating in dangerously turbulent waters near Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands, midst of a tropical depression, reported the Flood and Storm Prevention Centres in the Central and Central Highland Regions.

A fishing boat that was towed to Thuong Diem Port in Thuan Nam District of Ninh Thuan Province (Photo: Thanh Nien)

Nearly 200,000 boats have so far arrived at shelters, tens of which were rescued in time. Rescue operations are still underway to tow nine other boats ashore in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh Provinces.

By Monday afternoon, all four members on the fishing boat belonging to Nguyen Thanh The from Phu Cat District of Binh Dinh Province was still reported missing. While anchoring at Ninh Chu Port in Ninh Thuan Province, the boat had overturned under high waves on Sunday afternoon; a nearby boat had rushed to its rescue but the four fishermen could not be found.

The Search and Rescue Centre Zone 2 team in Da Nang has dispatched a vessel to salvage the boat belonging to Tran Van Tram from Hoai Nhon District in Binh Dinh Province. The boat with seven fishermen on board had broken down and gone adrift since Sunday.

Boat owned by Nguyen Van Toan from Binh Dinh Province suffered engine failure off Nha Trang Port in Khanh Hoa Province but has been rescued by other fishing boats.

The Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre on Monday took nine fishermen ashore, from the fishing boat belonging to Tran Ngoc Tu from Phu Yen Province. While fleeing the tropical depression on Sunday, the boat was hit by huge waves and almost sank 40 sea miles off the Khanh Hoa Province coast.

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By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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