Six Vietnamese crew members were reported missing when a cargo ship sank off the coast of the northern city of Hai Phong in the afternoon of August 28.

According to the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre, the vessel Phu Cuong 0148 carrying 3,000 tonnes of coal sank five nautical miles southeast of Ha Mai Island, near Bach Long Vy Island, at 3:40 pm.

The information was passed on to search and rescue units in Hai Phong, and local authorities and boats operating near the site were deployed to search for the missing persons.-VNA