Two Vietnamese fishers remain nowhere to be found after a South Korean-flagged fishing boat capsized due to bad weather conditions this month.
The ship was carrying 11 crew members, five of whom were Vietnamese nationals, when it sank because of bad weather at around 11:35 pm on March 6.
Four people have been confirmed dead and another four missing following the accident.
Nguyen Tien Chung, 46, and Nguyen Huu Long, 31, were among the missing victims.
Chung, who resided in Ky Anh District in the north-central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh, and Long, hailing from Cua Lo Tow in the north-central province of Nghe An Province, were part of the labor export program of the Labor Supplying and Training Company (LETCO).
About 30 vessels from the South Korean military and coast guard units, four helicopters, and 24 civilian ships have been tasked with assisting the search and rescue efforts so far.
As of Tuesday, about two weeks after the incident, the search had ceased, Nguyen Huu Luan, Long’s older brother, who is working in South Korea, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
“Long had done his job for only two months. Our only hope now is finding his body when the Korean authorities start salvaging the ship,” Luan said.
Meanwhile, Chung left Vietnam to work for fishing boats in South Korea about three years ago, said Nguyen Tien Dung, his younger brother.
Chung and his wife had to borrow some VND400 million (US$17,564) to prepare for his application to the labor export program, Dung added.