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Da Nang exhibits fishing boat sunk by China off Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 16:33 GMT+7
Da Nang exhibits fishing boat sunk by China off Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago
The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is on display outside the Hoang Sa Exhibition House in Da Nang. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A museum in Da Nang is displaying the wreckage of an illegally-sunk Vietnamese fishing boat to illustrate the gravity of China’s aggression in the East Vietnam Sea.

In May 2014, the ten-member crew of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 set sail from the central city of Da Nang for a fishing expedition near Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.

It was sunk by a Chinese vessel in Vietnam’s waters on May 26, 2014.

At the time, China had been continuously attempting to assert its control over the East Vietnam Sea, most noticeably with its illegal deployment of the HD-981 oil rig near Hoang Sa, despite Vietnam’s stern objections to the illegitimate move.

A two-and-a-half-minute video filmed on a mobile phone by one Vietnamese crewman of a nearby boat showed a large Chinese vessel chasing, ramming, and sinking the Vietnamese ship.

A news broadcast on Vietnam Television (VTV) on June 4, 2014 covering the sinking of Vietnamese ship DNa 90152 off Hoang Sa on May 26, 2014.

The wreck of the Vietnamese ship was later salvaged and transported to the Tho Quang fishing port in Da Nang, where it has served as a reminder of China’s needless aggression.

The boat’s owner Huynh Thi Nhu Hoa, who donated the shipwreck to the government of Da Nang, said her wish was for it to be preserved and exhibited as an invaluable piece of historical evidence.

The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is seen at the Tho Quang fishing port before its relocation to the Hoang Sa Exhibition House in Da Nang. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is seen at the Tho Quang fishing port before its relocation to the Hoang Sa Exhibition House in Da Nang. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Officials saw a chance to realize Hoa’s wish when the Hoang Sa Exhibition House in Da Nang’s Son Tra District was opened in March 2018.

The DNa 90152 vessel is now put on display outside the exhibition house with its bow pointed toward the East Vietnam Sea as a testament to the 2014 event.

An initiative to install a lighting system and other decorations around the boat is being finalized and authorities say the shipwreck should be ready for public viewing in a few days.

The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is tugged to shore in Da Nang after being sunk by a Chinese vessel off Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands on May 26, 2014. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is tugged to shore in Da Nang after being sunk by a Chinese vessel off Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on May 26, 2014. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is tugged to shore in Da Nang after being sunk by a Chinese vessel off Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands on May 26, 2014. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is tugged to shore in Da Nang after being sunk by a Chinese vessel off Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on May 26, 2014. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Officials inspect damages done to Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 after it was sunk by a Chinese vessel off Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands on May 26, 2014. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Officials inspect damages done to Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 after it was sunk by a Chinese vessel off Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on May 26, 2014. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Officials inspect damages done to Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 after it was sunk by a Chinese vessel off Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands on May 26, 2014. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Officials inspect damages done to Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 after it was sunk by a Chinese vessel off Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on May 26, 2014. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is on display outside the Hoang Sa Exhibition House in Da Nang. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is on display outside the Hoang Sa Exhibition House in Da Nang. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The wreck of Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 is on display outside the Hoang Sa Exhibition House in Da Nang. Video: Ngo Quang / Tuoi Tre

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