Two Vietnamese fishermen have died and 13 others are missing after two boats sank in rough waters off the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands in the East Sea.
A photo taken in 2018 of one of two fishing boats that sank at sea off Vietnam’s central coast on October 16, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Dac Thanh
The two boats carrying a total of 93 fishermen were catching squid off the archipelago’s Song Tu Tay Island when strong winds and high waves sank both vessels.
One of the boats sank with 54 fishermen on board at 7:30 p.m. Monday and a nearby fishing boat was able to rescue 40. Rescuers found two men Tuesday morning, but they died shortly after being pulled from the water . 12 crew members of the boat are still missing.
The second boat sank in the same area with 39 fishermen on board at 1 a.m. Tuesday. Thirty-eight of them were rescued by a nearby fishing boat, leaving a 63-year-old man missing.
The Quang Nam provincial border guard command said 20 fishing boats and three navy ships are currently searching for the missing.
Heavy rainstorms have ravaged parts of central Vietnam for more than a week, causing severe flooding in Da Nang and neighboring provinces. Two people have been killed and more than 7,000 others have had to be evacuated so far.
An approaching tropical depression is expected to worsen the situation, bringing strong winds and thunderstorms.