- The owner of the Vietnamese boat that helped the Filipino fishermen has finally spoken
- Ngo Van Theng said that it was the first time that their ship was able to rescue a foreign vessel
- He also shared the story narrated by his boat’s captain
The owner of the Vietnamese boat that reportedly rescued the 22 local fishermen after allegedly being hit by a Chinese fishing vessel has finally spoken.
KAMI learned that the owner confirmed it was his boat based on the article published by Saigon Times, citing VnExpress' report, a Vietnamese news site.
In a report by the Philippine Star, owner Ngo Van Theng, 54, from the province of Tien Giang, has shared the story of his boat’s captain, Nguyen Thanh Tam.
The Vietnamese boat captain said that they were anchored in Truong Sa islands around 1 a.m. on June 10, when they heard voices speaking in a foreign language.
"At first, the captain said, he feared that they might be pirates but later found them both soaking wet and shivering and thought they might have had an accident at sea,” it said on the report.
“The foreign men continued using hand signals to request help and pointed towards Reed Bank,” it added.
The owner mentioned that it was the first time that their ship was able to rescue another foreign vessel.
“After working as a fisherman for many years, this is the first time that my family's ship has rescued another vessel, especially a foreign ship,” Theng said.
“I believe that anyone who heads out to sea would have done the same thing, not just us," he added.
In a previous report by KAMI, the Philippine government has filed a diplomatic protest against China after the ramming incident.
22 Filipino fishermen were inside the boat "F/B GEM-VER1" when a Chinese vessel allegedly hit them and immediately ran after the incident. A few hours later, a Vietnamese crew rescued the Filipino fishermen.
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