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Two cargo ships sink, four missing

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Two cargo ships of a company in Long An Province sank near Phu Quy Island due to poor weather conditions while they were carrying stones from Ninh Thuan Province to the sea in the southern region, leaving four people missing.

A Duc Phu Thinh Company Limited cargo ship in Long An Province with four people on board sank yesterday afternoon after encountering strong winds and rough waves offshore Binh Thuan Province.

The cargo ship issued a distress signal right after the incident. The Vietnam coast guard’s ship anchoring in the Phu Quy Island’s sea came to rescue it but found no one.

Another Duc Phu Thinh Company ship with three people on board also sank yesterday afternoon in an area of 21 nautical miles, equivalent to 40 kilometers, away from Phu Quy Island to the northwest.

Fortunately, three persons from the sunken boat were rescued by SuperDong, an express ferry carrying passengers from Phan Thiet to Phu Quy, at 19:00 yesterday while drifting at sea.

After being filled with fuel, SuperDong continued heading to the location where the other cargo ship sank to search for the four missing sailors. The search lasted until 3 a.m. this morning; however, it was difficult due to rough seas.

This morning, the Binh Thuan Province Steering Committee of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue continued the search but until now did not receive any information about the four missing persons.

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