Previously, on the evening of October 16 and the early morning of October 17, two fishing boats, numbered QNa 90129 TS and QNa 90927 TS, were capsized by a whirlwind with high waves in Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) Island area of Truong Sa (Spratly) island district, Khanh Hoa province. This tragic accident resulted in the missing of 13 fishermen and the deaths of two others. Upon receiving the information, the Naval Service Command dispatched ships 467, 471, and 735 to the locations of the sunken fishing boats to coordinate with the CSB 8002 (Coast Guard Region 2) and other forces to conduct search and rescue operations.

Commanding officers of Naval Region 3 inquire after the troubled fishermen.

On October 19, Ship 467 received 83 fishermen and the bodies of 2 victims and brought them ashore. At 2:00 p.m. on October 20, Ship 467 returned to the port of the Fisheries Surveillance Squadron No.3.

The fishermen taken from Ship 467 to shore

During the handover ceremony, the leadership of Quang Nam province, along with local authorities and naval units, presented gifts to the families of the fishermen involved in the accident, with a total value of nearly VND 500 million.

The Quang Nam provincial authorities present gifts to the fishermen.

Currently, crew-members of Vessels 471 and 735 of the Naval Service, together with the CSB 8002 (Coast Guard Region 2) are still coordinating with on-site forces to expand the search area for the missing fishermen.

Translated by Song Anh