VN Ministry asks for Japan support in search for sunken ship

Vietnamese Transport Minister Dinh La Thang brought a diplomatic note to the Japanese Embassy in Hanoi Thursday, proposing the Japanese Government to continue to help in searching for 22 sailors missing from Vietnam’s sunken cargo vessel Vinalines Queen.

Undated file photo of the Vinalines Queen Ship

Kitano Mitsuru, minister at the Japanese Embassy, expressed his condolences and said he would make a report to the Japanese Government so that it could help.

Mr. Mitsuru added Japan would help Vietnam in rescue training in the future.

Vietnamese Minister Thang, on behalf of the Transport Ministry, Vietnam Marine Rescue Coordination Center, the ship owner, and relatives of the missing sailors, expressed thanks to Japan’s efforts in searching for the seaman over the past days.

The Vietnamese cargo ship sank on the December 25 morning off the Philippines with the captain and 22 seamen on board. Only one sailor was found alive six days after that morning.

Meanwhile, the PVI Insurance Company has decided to temporarily pay a total VND4.4 billion (around US$210,000) for the 22 missing cases.

The company has an insurance contract for all 23 seamen on the ship. The insurance payment for each is US$25,000.

By Bich Quyen, translated by Tuong Thuy

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