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Diving for a living in Vietnam (photos)

Wednesday, December 09, 2015, 09:31 GMT+7
Diving for a living in Vietnam (photos)
Nguyen Thanh Tuan and his son, Nguyen Thanh Sang, 15, return to the boat after diving for more than two hours.

Residents in the south-central province of Binh Thuan earn their living by fishing at night all year round.

In Long Hai Commune of Phu Quy Island District, people often catch fish, crabs, and shrimp, selling these products to earn money then.

Fishermen on the island previously fished with nets in daytime. Now they have to catch fish at night due to the increasingly depleted marine resources.

They dive underwater for hours, use sharp iron rods to look for fish throughout the night, and then return to shore in the morning.

Together with his son and some other relatives, Nguyen Thanh Tuan, 30, a fisherman, brings along food and gets on their boat at 4:00 pm every day.

When the sun dips, they start wearing diving suits, prepare oxygen masks and flashlights, and jump into the sea to search for seafood.

This continues throughout the night and is divided into three sessions, each lasting from two to three hours.

They often have dinner at midnight, with simple soup and some newly-caught fish.

Ông Khiểm năm nay đã trên 50 tuổi, là người đảm nhiệm việc di chuyển thuyền theo ba người còn lại đang lặn bắt cá dưới đáy biển

Khiem, 50, is responsible for rowing to follow the deep-sea divers. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Mỗi đêm, anh Tuấn và người thân của mình lặn ba lần, mỗi lần kéo dài 2-3 giờ

The diving is divided into three sessions, each lasting from two to three hours. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Thành quả sau mỗi lần lặn biển đánh bắt

The catch after each time of diving. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Anh Nguyễn Thanh Điền (24 tuổi) cho biết do thường xuyên ngâm mình dưới đáy biển nên các khớp hay đau nhức

Nguyen Thanh Dien, 24, says he often suffers joint pain due to long-time diving. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Bữa cơm chớp nhoáng với những con cá vừa bắt được. Đây cũng là khoảng thời gian nghỉ ngơi hiếm hoi của những người làm nghề lặn biển

People are seen having a quick meal with freshly-caught fish. This is also a rare rest of these divers. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Đêm hôm trước thuyền anh Tuấn chỉ thu về 600.000 đồng chia cho bốn người. Hôm nay, anh dự định sẽ đi xa bờ hơn...

The previous night, Tuan and his team of three people earned only VND600,000 (US$27). The following night, he said he had to go further… Photo: Tuoi Tre

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