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Police verify report of helmsman beating, throwing tied seaman into sea in southern Vietnam

Saturday, December 12, 2020, 16:13 GMT+7
Police verify report of helmsman beating, throwing tied seaman into sea in southern Vietnam
This supplied photo shows a fisherman having his hands and body tied with a rope on a vessel in southern Vietnam.

Authorities in the southernmost province of Ca Mau have requested verification of a report on a helmsman, who was accused of tying and beating a fisherman before throwing the victim into the sea and hitting a number of other fishermen.

Ca Mau’s deputy chairman Le Van Su on Friday signed a written order to give the task to the provincial police and the Border Guard Command.

The report was made by fisherman N.C.T., 30, from Rach Gia City in the southern province of Kien Giang on December 9.

Accordingly, T. started working for a twin-rig trawling vessel that contains two boats and was registered in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre in October this year.

T. said that Tr., the helmsman of the vessel, often beat crew members after their departure from Song Doc town in Ca Mau’s Tran Van Thoi District.

The seamen did not fight back as Tr. owned an electric gun.

During a night one month later, Tr. tied one of the seamen with a rope and hung him in the air, then used a handmade machete to slash his shoulder and head several times before throwing him into the sea.

According to T., when being pushed into the sea, the suffered seaman’s hands were still tied. He only managed to take a few gulps before disappearing in the water.

When T. reacted against Tr., the helmsman cursed T. and hit his head with a stainless-steel tube.

While T. was losing consciousness, Tr. slashed three other fishermen and also threw them all into the sea, another seaman told T. in the next morning, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

When Tr. was controlling the fishing boat to head toward the waterfront of Song Doc town after finishing fish catching, a number of crew members, including T., managed to escape.

With the help of a local fishing boat, T. and three fishermen were able to reach the shore after one day and a night.

T. and the three men then went to the Dat Mui border post to report the incident. 

The Ca Mau police are clarifying the case.

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