Over the past few days, many Vietnamese fishing boats of central provinces have struggled at sea due to bad weather caused by the two tropical storms, Talim and Guchol, currently spinning in the East Sea. One vessel, along with seven fishermen, remains missing.
Fishing boats take shelter from the storms in the central city of Da Nang , Photo: Tuoi Tre
Boat No. QB 92109 TS, with seven fishermen from Quang Binh province on board, was reported missing on June 16, local authorities said.
The Da Nang Marine Search and Rescue Coordination Center sent two of their salvage tugs to the area, but their rescue efforts ended yesterday after no sign of the boat had been found after three days.
The boat had operated in an area 160 nautical mile off Da Nang City until all contact with the mainland was lost at 7:30 pm on the 16th. There were rough seas and violent winds at that time, local authorities said.
The vessel’s owner is Nguyen Van Suu, a fisherman in the province.
On the evening of June 16, boat No. QNg 94095 TS, with six fishermen from Quang Ngai province on board, sunk off the coast. All of the crewmembers were rescued by another boat.
Another boat from the province, QNg 48818 TS, sank with eight fishermen one day later, though they were rescued as well.
In Binh Dinh, boat No. BĐ 95289 TS, with 10 fishermen on board, was seriously damaged after being hit by a foreign boat on June 1, local authorities reported. The boat was towed ashore by a local boat later that day.
In Da Nang, a fishing boat with an eight-man crew was rescued on June 17, one day after it broke down and drifted out to sea.
In regards to the storms, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau predicted that Talim will soon begin moving at an accelerated speed of 42 kph and pass over northern Taiwan in the next 24 hours, and will be centered 430 km northeast of Taipei by 8 a.m. Thursday.
Meanwhile, Typhoon Guchol lashed southwestern Japan with strong winds and heavy rain as it marched towards the center of the country yesterday, forcing airlines and train operators to cancel services amid warnings of flooding and landslides, Bloomberg News reported.
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