Vietnam’s cargo ship in distress towed to safe shelter
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A Vietnamese cargo ship in distress off the coast of West Bengal, India, is being towed 50 nautical miles to Sagar safe shelter, on the evening of July 11, said Phan The Vuong, Director of the Anh Son Marine Transport Company.
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A representative from the company and a hired expert from Myanmar have been in India to coordinate rescue activities since July 6. They hired a small boat to bring food and fresh water to the ship.
The incident occurred when the ship was carrying timber from the northern port of Haiphong to India. With 15 crewmen on board, it has been floating adrift and out of control in Indian waters almost 32 nautical miles from shore since June 26. Facing rough seas, strong winds and a shortage of food, the ship had to send out an SOS.
Learning of the incident, the Vietnamese Embassy in India immediately asked for emergency help from India.