The fishing boat with broken gearbox was towed successfully to shore on March 6.(Photo: VOV)

Hanoi (VNA) – Ten fishermen were saved off Thuan An coast, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, after their boat had its gearbox broken on March 6.

Right after receiving the information, the Office of the National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue asked competent authorities in the province to support the boat.

As of 13:39, a nearby ship successfully accessed and towed the boat in distress to shore.

The same day, a fishing boat with the number plate of QNg 908819 TS with five fishermen on board was hit by a Chinese ship at 10:10 when it was fishing in Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, 198 nautical miles off central Da Nang city coast. The crew was rescued by the boat with the number plate of QNg 90620 TS two hours later.

Earlier, upon receiving distress signal from a fishing boat with the number plate of PY 91379 TS on March 5, the Office of the National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue ordered relevant agencies in Phu Yen province to assist the boat with a 10-member crew on board. It was fishing 45 nautical miles off Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago when its engine broke down.-VNA