During the patrol, troops popularized law to fishermen and cooperated with other forces to rescue distressed fishing trawlers, protect Vietnamese citizens legally fishing at sea, and prevent crime.

Crew-members of Coast Guard Ship 8004 presenting a flag to fishermen

The patrol team observed hundreds of Vietnamese and foreign boats operating in the eastern and western parts of the delimitation line in the Tokin Gulf, waters of Vietnam’s Truong Sa island district, and Phuc Tan (Prince of Wales) Bank of the Southern continental shelf of Vietnam. The troops checked trawler BTh – 98099 of Vietnamese fisherman Tran Thanh Son from Ngu Phung commune, Binh Thuan province’s Phu Quy district, and two fishing ships Qiong Danyu 11281 and Qiong Danzhou 11272 of Chinese fishermen who were fishing 43 nautical miles east-southeast of Hon La Island and west of the delimitation line. The team made reports on the illegal Chinese ships which did not have the licenses for fishing in the shared fishing ground. 

In addition, the team visited and presented gifts to troops and islanders on Song Tu Tay and Nam Yet islands, gave life-jackets, food, and national flags to fishermen, and provided them with fishing rules and some rescue methods.

Translated by Tran Hoai