The border guard force in ten southern coastal provinces and the Marine Search and Rescue Centre Region III signed a coordinating regulation on search and rescue activities at a conference in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province on March 4.

The regulation spells out the tasks of each units while emphasizing the common responsibility to inform, update and exchange information with each other about the accidents and breakdowns happening in their managed water. In addition, they are asked to join hands to verify the unclear information.

At the event, the participants agreed to collaborate to provide professional training as well as organise joint exercises for efficient coordination in search and rescue missions.

Last year, search and rescue forces in the region carried out 57 missions involving 56 vessels and 344 victims, successfully saving 299 crew members and fishermen and salvaging six vessels.-VNA