Earlier, at 6 p.m. on November 20, the boat, captained by Nguyen Duy Thanh, a resident in Binh Chanh commune, Binh Son district of Quang Ngai province, experienced engine failure while fishing in the sea between the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

Vessel SAR 412 of the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center and the damaged fishing boat anchor in the Central province of Binh Dinh on November 23

It lost control in adverse weather conditions and was hit by large waves that pierced its bow. As water flooded in rapidly and led to the rapid sinking of the ship, Thanh contacted the search and rescue coordination center requesting urgent assistance.

At 11:21 p.m. on the same day, maritime rescue forces approached the boat, deploying rescue personnel and towing it out of the dangerous area.

Deputy Chairman of the Binh Son People's Committee Ung Dinh Hien said local authorities will assist the fishermen and assess the extent of the ship damage to determine appropriate support policies in accordance with state regulations.

Source: VNA