By Xin Dingding
BEIJING, Dec. 1 -- China's maritime rescue vessels have saved 986
fishermen stranded by Typhoon Hagibis in waters off the Nansha and Xisha
islands, including seven from Vietnam, in an eight-day mission that concluded on
The seven Vietnamese fishermen arrived in Sanya, Hainan Province, on Friday
morning, aboard Nanhaijiu 112. Arrangements have been made for them to travel
home directly from Sanya.
"We are very grateful to the Chinese government for saving us," said
Vietnamese fisherman Huynh Van Mot, 33.
The Vietnamese boat capsized last Tuesday in high winds. Last Friday, a
passing Chinese fishing boat rescued them and gave them food and water.
In the following days, they lived with the Chinese fishermen, sharing the
already scarce food and water, until Nanhaijiu 112, one of the three rescue
vessels sent by Guangzhou-based Nanhai Rescue Bureau, reached them on Monday.
Lin Zhong, a senior crewmember of Nanhaijiu 112, said that when they
reached the fishermen their food supplies were already running very low.
During the typhoon, winds reached over force 10 and the waves were as high
as 9 meters.
It took the vessel more than four days to finally reach the fishermen, who
docked their boats in between the reef to avoid the typhoon's damage.
By Thursday evening, three rescue vessels and a helicopter had aided 52
fishing boats from Hainan and Guangdong provinces in the waters near the Nansha
and Xisha islands in the South China Sea.
(Source: China Daily)
Typhoon Hagibis grounds more than 300
fishermen in China's Nansha Islands
HAIKOU, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- More than 300 fishermen were
forced to take shelter in southern China's Nansha Islands to escape stormy seas
caused by Typhoon Hagibis, the Hainan Maritime Affairs Bureau said on Friday.
Xie Chunfu, an official in charge of communication and
navigation, said the bureau had sent out rescue vessels to search for 25 missing
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