The 17-member crew of a fishing boat, which sunk after being hit by an unknown ship March 8 in the waters off Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands, have arrived home safely in Ly Son Island district in the central province of Quang Ngai.
The boat, which belonged to a Ly Son resident named Duong Thanh Phu, was struck by the mystery boat at about 2am when the crew was asleep. The owner said the boat and equipment was valued at VND2 billion (US$108,000).
The crew had just enough time to call for help with a cell phone before the boat sank.
A nearby fishing boat from Binh Chau Commune rescued them.