Vietnam helps distressed Chinese sailor at sea

The rescue team successfully approached the scene, took the victim ashore, and then brought him to Khanh Hoa Provincial General Hospital for further treatment.

Vietnam's Maritime ship saves distressed Chinese national amidst storm.Photo: VNA

Ship SAR 413 of the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center on November 10 successfully rescued an injured Chinese mechanic and brought him ashore for further treatment.

As reported by Baotintuc, at 11:30 a.m. on November 10, the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center received information that a Chinese mechanic, 38, working on the vessel JIAN HUI en route from Malaysia to China was seriously injured, unconscious, and showed signs of cerebral hemorrhage. The vessel’s caption asked the center for help to bring this crew member to Nha Trang for an emergency.

The Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center then instructed first-aid for the victim. Nevertheless, his health was getting worse and worse. Under the guidance of the National Committee for Incident and Disaster Response and Search and Rescue, the Ministry of Transport, and the Vietnam Maritime Administration, the center dispatched ship SAR 413 to save the victim amidst the raging storm Etau.

The rescue team successfully approached the scene, took the victim ashore, and then brought him to Khanh Hoa Provincial General Hospital for further treatment.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung in the same month stressed the need to promote “dialogue and cooperation between ASEAN and China in ensuring just and humane treatment of fishermen,” especially those who are in danger.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 3 held an ASEAN-China workshop on promoting cooperation in ensuring the just and humane treatment of fishermen in the East Sea (internationally called South China Sea).

According to Dung said that fishermen constitute the majority of sea-going persons in the East Sea and hold a special position in societies throughout ASEAN and also China.

It is estimated that nearly 200 million people depend on fisheries resources of the East Sea for their livelihood, he said, adding that fishermen, however, remain vulnerable to danger or distress at sea, including increasingly complex weather patterns and frequency of natural disaster, accidents and collisions, Dung said.

“Over the past years, ASEAN Member States and China have undertaken various efforts in providing assistance and ensuring humane treatment to fishermen, including through their implementation of existing instruments related to safety at sea,” Dung said.

In 2010, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers issued the ASEAN Declaration on Cooperation in Search and Rescue of Persons and Vessels in Distress at Sea, which demonstrates ASEAN’s political will to reinforce cooperation in providing mutual assistance to persons and vessels in distress at sea, he added.

Mai Nguyen