HANOI - Nine Vietnamese fishermen were rescued Sunday off the coast of Vung Tau City after their boat engine broke down, leaving the fishermen adrift for many hours. Reports say the fishermen are in good conditions.
After receiving an emergency message, Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (Vietnam MRCC) dispatched rescue ship SAR 272 to contact the drifting fishing boat.
It took the rescue team the entire night to reach the boat, which was located 70 nautical miles south of Vung Tau coast.
Fishermen throughout the country have enjoyed a peak fishing season during the Tet holiday, as they take advantage of low fuel prices and good weather conditions.
The MRCC has come to the aid of 49 Vietnamese fishermen so far this month. On February 11 the MRCC rescued 11 Vietnamese fishermen when their boat, surrounded by two Chinese military ships and a military helicopter, sank in waters off Viet Nam's Paracel Islands.