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Thread: #China declines to rescue damaged #Vietnamese vessel at sea - China suggested a paid-for rescue operation after being contacted for help with a stranded Vietnamese fishing vessel near #Vietnam’s Paracel Islands last Sunday e.vnexpress.net/news/news/chin…
Confirming this at a press meet Thursday, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said that the Vietnamese ship from the central province of Quang Nam had an internal component damaged and was stranded near the Passu Keah Reef last Sunday.
The National Committee for Incident, Natural Disaster Response and Search and Rescue and the Vietnam Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic note to China requesting help with rescuing the stranded Vietnamese vessel, said Hang.
While China did send its rescue ships to the area, their crew did not help bring the stranded Vietnamese ship back to Quang Nam, since they believed the vessel only had a mechanical problem and not a life-threatening accident.
Instead, China suggested that fishermen contact a professional Chinese ship-rescue firm and pay for its services. China also said there was another fishing vessel accompanying the stranded Vietnamese vessel, but did not reveal the second vessel’s identification.
The Vietnam rescue committee then requested Quang Nam govt & border guard forces to call for other fishing vessels in the area to save the stranded vessel.

A Vietnamese vessel received the request Tuesday & the "ships are expected to reach Vietnamese shores in the next few days"
Under the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, a fishing vessel at risk of sinking with its crew’s lives in danger would be rescued by nearby member states without financial payment.
#China has deliberately prevented #Vietnamese fishermen from salvaging their boat that sank off #Vietnam’s Paracel Islands e.vnexpress.net/news/news/chin…
Nine fishermen on board were rescued by a Vietnamese ship, and the Da Nang People’s Committee requested China to help the owner recover the sunken vessel. The owner later hired two ships from the central province of Quang Ngai Province to salvage the ship.
However, instead of helping, a Chinese speedboat deliberately thwarted efforts to recover the sunken Vietnamese vessel Thursday.

The rescue committee requested intervention from the Vietnam Foreign Ministry, Vietnam Maritime Search & Rescue Coordination Center & the Coast Guard.
But after waiting and seeing no help coming, the fishermen who’d come to salvage the sunken vessel left at 4 p.m. Thursday.
In another incident last Sunday, China declined a request from Vietnam to rescue a damaged vessel from the central province of Quang Nam, also near the Passu Keah Reef.
It declined to help on the ground that the vessel only had mechanical problems & not a life-threatening accident, & suggested the fishermen contact a professional Chinese ship-rescue firm and pay for its services. The damaged ship was later rescued by another Vietnamese ship.
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