Five Philippine fishermen rescued by their Vietnamese counterparts off the coast of central Phu Yen province will be handed over to the Philippino Embassy in Vietnam this afternoon.
The handover has come about from an agreement yesterday between the Embassy, the provincial Border Guard Command, and other relevant agencies of Vietnam.
The Embassy’s representative, Joe Ban A. Sayong, expressed his gratitude to the Border Guard Command and local fishermen involved in the rescue.
The five fishermen were saved by the fishing boat owned by Mr. Le Nhan, a Phu Yen resident, in a sea area near the Song Tu Tay Island, part of the Truong Sa (Spartly) Islands on January 31.
They were found exhausted floating on the sea when they were rescued.
They were taken by Nhan’s boat to the Border Guard Command office for care and they have since stayed there waiting to return home.
All the fishermen have recuperated during their stay.
According to the Philippino Coast Guard, the rescued fishermen are crew members of a fishing vessel that capsized and sank on January 30.