(for illustration only. Photo: Vietnam+)
Around noon on January 30, a Vietnamese fishing vessel discovered and rescued five people from the Philippines who were exhausted and drifting at sea about 100 nautical miles to the northeast of Song Tu Tay island in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.
The ship PY 90441 TS, under captain Le Con (59 years old), was fishing for oceanic tuna.
Con stopped fishing and rescued the victims, bringing them aboard his boat, and warming and feeding them.
He later called for assistance from the Phu Yen provincial Border Guards.
On the morning of January 31, another fishing vessel operating nearby arrived and gave further aid to the Filipino victims.
The Phu Yen Border Guards said the five Filipinos in distress had recovered completely thanks to the proper care from the Vietnamese fishermen.