Hanoi (VNA) – Do Trung Hieu, a kidnapped Vietnamese sailor, has been rescued by authorised agencies of the Philippines, announced the Consular Department under the Foreign Ministry on August 21.

The department said it has contacted with Philippine authorised agencies to verify the information and instructed the Embassy of Vietnam in the country to prepare necessary measures and help the rescued sailor return home.

Do Trung Hieu and five other sailors, namely Pham Minh Tuan, Hoang Vo, Tran Khuong Dung, Hoang Van Hai and Hoang Trung Thong, were abducted with their Royal 16 ship off Sibagu island of Basilan, the Philippines, in November 2016.

There were a total of 19 sailors aboard at the time of the attack. Pirates then released the ship and 13 sailors after kidnapped the six people.-VNA