Vietnam liaises with China to rescue fishermen in distress hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s authorised agencies have informed the Chinese side about reports that a Vietnamese fishing boat sank in the Hoang Sa archipelago area and seek coordination to verify information and to search for the five fishermen on board.

Responding to reporters’ question on March 9, a representative of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department said according to Vietnamese agencies, on the morning of March 8, a fishing boat coded KH 96440 TS of central Khanh Hoa province with five fishermen on board sank 41 nautical miles southeast of Linh Con Island in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago.

Shortly after being notified of the incident, the Consular Department sent a diplomatic note to the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi, and ordered the Vietnamese Embassy in China to immediately inform and coordinate with Chinese relevant agencies to verify the information and search for the fishermen.

Vietnamese agencies are also working closely on the incident and take urgent measures to save the five fishermen, the representative added.-VNA