President Truong Tan Sang on December 4 sent a letter to Pham Van Thoi’s family to express his deep condolences over the death of the man who sacrificed himself to rescue fishermen in distress.

The Vietnamese State leader said he was very touched by the man’s brave act of fighting raging waves to save the victims, then leaving forever while his children are still very small.

He expressed his belief that with support from the local authorities, his family members will be able to overcome the pain to stabilise their lives and well educate Thoi’s children.

The 34-year-old man lived in Yen Ngu hamlet, Xuan Yen commune, Nghi Xuan district of the central province of Ha Tinh.

On November 30th, he and other local men saved two fishermen from a trawler capsized by high waves.

When they returned to the scene to continue searching for other victims, their boat was also sunk in the bad weather, and Thoi went missing, while the others were able to swim ashore.-VNA