Vietnamese sailors seized after boat fire in Uruguay

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Two Vietnamese sailors have been arrested in Uruguay for allegedly causing a fire on a South Korean boat as it left a local port for fishing on Tuesday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

In its report on Wednesday, the news agency quoted local newspapers as saying that the small fire broke out in cabin on the Yung Woo-1 cabin after Ngo Duc Bau, 23, and Tran Van Quyet, 19, had a fight.

The accident took place when 33 Asian sailors, including nine Vietnamese, were on board, but no casualties were reported, it said.

Marcelo D’Anatro, deputy chief of the Montevideo port’s police, has sent a letter to the Vietnamese embassy to Argentina and Uruguay, asking the representative agency to provide them with an interpreter for interrogations.

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Early this month another South Korean fishing boat also caught fire at the same port, killing two Vietnamese sailors and injuring four others.

According to the news agency, in recent years, several boats, mainly South Korean ones, have caught fire in the Montevideo port. In 2010, Luis Rosadilla, then Minister of Defense of Uruguay, ordered the local navy to investigate the fires, but no findings have been reported so far.

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