No trace of missing sailors in Japan: spokesperson hinh anh 1Taiwan’s ship Hsiang Fur Far (Source: sysbc)
Japanese patrol forces have found no hint of three Vietnamese sailors who went missing from a Taiwanese fishing vessel off the coast of the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, said the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Hai Binh.

Binh said at the ministry’s regular press briefing in Hanoi on October 15 that the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan and the Vietnam Economic and Culture Office in Taipei are working with relevant sides to search for the missing sailors and clarify the cause of the incident.

The embassy is also working with competent Vietnamese and Japanese agencies to keep the spirits of other sailors up.

Taiwan’s ship Hsiang Fur Far reported that on the night of October 8, three Vietnamese crew members – Le Van Thuc, Thieu Dinh Thuong, and Nguyen Dinh Nga – jumped into the sea, about 12 kilometres from Hokkaido’s Shiraoi Port.

The Japan Coast Guard deployed five ships and two planes to search for the sailors soon after they were informed of the case.

The Taiwanese ship carries a total of 61 crew members, including 21 Vietnamese, 23 Filipinos and 14 Indonesians.-VNA