Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rescued fishermen accuse Liberian ship as perpetrator

Rescued fishermen left a salvage on january 8.

Captain Nguyen Thanh Le and the owner of the sunken fishing ship BTh 98379 TS, Le Nguyen Thong, on January 9, sent an urgent report to the Nha Trang Port Authority. According to the report, Main Trader collided with their boat, making it sink, and then returned to rescue 15 fishermen.

On January 8, the local media reported that an unidentified ship collided with the Vietnamese vessel on January 2 while it was fishing at sea. On receiving the news, the Vietnam Marine Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) identified the coordinates where the vessel sank and requested the Liberian ship which was en route to China to search for the fishermen. At 08.10am on January 8, the Main Trader announced it had rescued all 15 fishermen from the sunken vessel. The rescued fishermen were brought to Nha Trang on January 8.

According to captain Le, while his ship on the way home it unexpectedly failed. At 8am, January 8, when the ship was around 44 miles to the south of Phu Quy Island, it was hit by a vessel which was running at high speed. The ship was broken. Over half of sailors fell into the sea. The remaining sailors sent SOS to a station in Vung Tau.

The ship was then sunken. “The boat and over ten of tons of fish were now under the deep sea. We lost all our assets in several minutes. The total loss is over VND2.5 billion,” the captain said.

The ship owner asked Vietnamese competent agencies to request Main Trader to pay compensation of VND2 billion ($200,000) for the ship and VND1 billion ($50,000) for over 10 tons of fish.