Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has promptly worked with relevant Taiwanese agencies to handle a fishing vessel accident with some Vietnamese on board, of whom one remains unaccounted for.

The information was released by the Vietnam Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department concerning the Taiwanese-flag No 6 Sheng Fu fishing vessel. The ship ran into an accident when it was approaching the Nan Ya port in New Taipei City, Taiwan (China), on December 8.

The department said at the time of the accident, ten people were on board the vessel, including five Vietnamese nationals. Nine people have been rescued on the day, with the remaining one, who is Vietnamese, still unaccounted for. Of the four rescued Vietnamese workers, one was severely injured and is hospitalised.

Taiwanese search and rescue units are working to find the missing person but facing difficulties due to dreadful weather. Investigation is underway to figure out reasons behind the incident.

The department noted that the Vietnamese economics and culture office in Taipei will continue collaborating with the Taiwanese side to search for the missing man and provide necessary citizen protection measures to ensure the Vietnamese workers enjoy their legitimate rights and benefits.-VNA