Five fishing boats with 61 fishermen on board went adrift on Saturday, after a tropical depression caused one boat to run aground, sunk one off the central coast and resulted in engine failure for the others.
|Vessel SAR 274 towing a broken down fishing boat ashore (Photo: Thanh Nien)|
At 7.50 am on Saturday, the Search and Rescue Centre Zone 2 team in Da Nang City received a call for help from fishing boat ĐNa-0732TS, which broke down and went adrift in the middle of the tropical depression, 40 sea miles off Da Nang coastline, braving winds blowing at 39-61 kilometres an hour.
The centre immediately dispatched vessel SAR 274, already out at sea, to rescue the fishing boat. By 11.45 am on the same day, the vessel was able to rescue 10 fishermen from the battered boat.
Elsewhere, rescue vessel SAR 412 towed another fishing boat to shore in Quy Nhon town in Binh Dinh Province. The boat had suffered engine failure and was adrift at sea with 26 fishermen on board, all from Binh Son District of Quang Ngai Province.
On the same day, rescue teams also helped salvage two other fishing boats in trouble out at sea in Quang Ngai Province.
The first boat was from Duc Pho District with 12 crew members and had broken down at sea at 8 am on Friday. The second was from Binh Son District carrying nine fishermen, which ran aground while seeking shelter from the tropical depression.
A small fishing boat with four persons on board sank in Phu Yen Province, as it attempted to tackle huge waves while heading towards the shore, said Major Nguyen Dinh Long, deputy head of the An Hai Border Post in the Province.
Local authorities, the army and residents launched rescue operations and by 7.30 am all the fishermen were brought safely ashore.