The Việt Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre is mobilising efforts and has called for support from all vessels to participate in the search for nine missing crewmen.
The crewmen were on board a cargo ship that sank on Tuesday in the Vũng Tàu sea.
At about 4.37am the same day, the centre received an emergency rescue signal from the Hải Thành 26, some 44 nautical miles east of Vũng Tàu City in southern coastal Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province.
The centre immediately asked the Petrolimex 14 – another vessel sailing some five nautical miles near the signal site — to come to the area. At the same time, the centre also informed two other vessels – SAR413 and SAR 272 — to reach the area to support the rescue.
Arriving at the area, Petrolimex 14 found a breeches-buoy with two crewmen on board. Both were rescued. One of the crewmen said the other crewmen of Hải Thành 26 had drifted away on another breeches-buoy.
The Petrolimex and two vessels continued their search around until they found another breaches-buoy at about 8.10am, but there was no one on board.
According to Hoàng Tiến Khôi, one of the two crewmen rescued by the Petrolimex 14, the Hải Thành 26 – a cargo ship with some 3,000-tonne transport capacity – sank at midnight on Monday after colliding with another cargo ship in the Vũng Tàu Sea.
The accident occurred when the cargo ship with 11 crewmen and clinker on board was sailing from northern Hải Phòng City to southern Cần Thơ City, Khôi said.