13 missing sailors found in Vietnam's central coast

19 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

HANOI: Vietnamese rescuers on Friday morning rescued 11 crew members and found two bodies of the 15 sailors who earlier went missing after their Panama-flagged ship sank off central Vietnam's Binh Thuan province, reports Xinhua.

The rescued sailors, including at least seven Chinese, are being cared for on a Vietnamese Coast Guard ship, Vietnam News Agency cited the local authorities as saying. They will be taken to the nearby Phu Quy Island in the province for medical care while complying with regulations on the prevention and control of Covid-19, said the report.

The cargo ship, carrying clay from Malaysia to China's Hong Kong, sank off near the island on Thursday afternoon, leaving 15 crew members, including 11 Chinese and four Vietnamese, missing.

Search for the remaining two missing crew members is still underway, the authorities said, adding that unfavorable weather has made the work more difficult. Several local fishing boats have also joined rescue forces to help with the search.