Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bodies of five soldiers from capsized boat found

The body of serviceman Dang Ngoc Thien, 19, who went missing on December 25, was brought ashore at 1pm on December 29.

Sub lieutenant Nguyen Dinh Duy, 24, was discovered dead 4 nautical miles from Cua Dai beach.

Another sub lieutenant, Nguyen Hong Chien, 24, was recovered in the marine area belonging to Duy Xuyen district, Quang Nam province, where the body of Private Le Van Chi was found on December 27.

Both Duy and Chien have been brought to their homeland for internment.

Another victim was Lieutenant Bui Phuoc Tam, 28.

Major General Nguyen Quy Nhon, Deputy Commander of the Military Zone 5, said that the five soldiers would be recognized as martyrs. The Ministry of Defense will provide VND50 million for each of the victims’ families. The commanders of the local military services will also assist with their burials.

The boat, carrying 34 people, mostly soldiers and officers, from Cu Lao Cham Island to the mainland, capsized and sank off Cua Dai beach on December 25. Twenty-eight people were rescued, two women were found dead and five soldiers were missing.

Twenty commandos, many soldiers, local militia and hundreds of fishing trawlers mobilized to comb through the 100-km long area along Danang coast, where the bodies of the soldiers could be stranded.

A special taskforce led by Major General Nhon was established at Cua Dai beach to guide the search.