Sixteen Vietnamese crewmen, who survived an uncontrollable fire on the Korean fishing vessel ‘Jeong Woo 2’ in territorial waters south of New Zealand on January 1, arrived safely at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi afternoon of January 27.
They flew straight from Christchurch in New Zealand and are in good health.
The fire on the vessel burnt four Vietnamese sailors on board and three are still reported missing. A representative of the ship’s owner said due to bad weather it had not been possible to reach the burning vessel and search for the three missing Vietnamese crewmen.
Sixteen of the Vietnamese crewmembers arrived safely in Christchurch in New Zealand, in good health and with sufficient warm clothing on January 25, the Vietnamese embassy in New Zealand had earlier announced.
Nguyen Le Thanh, first secretary at the Vietnamese embassy, went to Christchurch to meet the sailors and help them contact their families. She also coordinated with concerned departments in New Zealand to assist the sailors.
Two injured crewmen are still being treated at Christchurch Hospital. Doctors said Ngo Van Sy is recovering very well and is likely to be discharged from hospital next week, while Tran Van Ngoan will continue receiving treatment for a while.
The Consular Department of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry and the Vietnamese embassies in New Zealand and the Republic of Korea are coordinating with relevant agencies to ensure the legitimate interests of the distressed crewmembers are met.
However, bad weather conditions have prevented all efforts so far to approach the vessel, and therefore it is difficult to save the remaining three missing sailors, said a representative of the Korean ship owner.