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Vietnam Coast Guard mobilizes vessel to rescue fishermen stranded in Hoang Sa archipelago

Sunday, July 14, 2019, 13:06 GMT+7
Vietnam Coast Guard mobilizes vessel to rescue fishermen stranded in Hoang Sa archipelago
The CSB 4032 vessel of the Vietnam Coast Guard began the rescue effort on July 13, 2019. Photo: Nam Trung / Tuoi Tre

A Vietnamese coast guard unit has sent a rescue vessel to Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago to help six fishermen after their boat broke down two weeks ago.

The Vietnam Coast Guard Command confirmed that their CSB 4032 vessel began the rescue effort at around 2:30 pm on Saturday.

The ship is expected to reach the fishers at 3:00 pm on Sunday before escorting the victims and their boat back to the mainland.

The fishing boat No. QNg-90499 TS, which hails from the central province of Quang Ngai, was operating off Hoang Sa when its engine shut off on June 30.

The fishers droped anchor and sent out a distress signal, but strong waves pushed the boat to a shallow area, causing it to be stranded.

Nearby fishing boats were unable to help due to bad weather, while the shallow area also made the task more difficult.

All six crew members were unharmed, but they have been waiting to be rescued for nearly half a month.

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