Six Vietnamese people are missing after a South Korean fishing boat caught fire in waters west of the country’s southern resort island of Jeju on Tuesday.
Local authorities visit the victims' family
The information was given by labour export enterprises which connected the six Vietnamese people to work illegally for the South Korean fishing boat.
Nguyen Van Cong, 32, Nguyen Tien Ninh, 32, Nguyen Van Vien, 45, Nguyen Van Thuy, 25 and Nguyen Ngoc Loi, 24 are all from Thanh Trach Commune, Bo Trach District in the central province of Quang Binh.
Nguyen Van Phuc, 31 is from Ha Tinh Province.
Nguyen Van Lao, chairman of Thanh Trach Commune People’s Committee, Quang Binh, confirmed that the victims were local residents, adding that they are relatives and most of them are married with children. They were experienced fishermen.
Nguyen Huu Hong, vice chairman of Bo Trach District People’s Committee said South Korea was searching for the missing. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will help their victims’ family in legal procedures to bring the bodies home.
Earlier, the Korea Herald reported that the fire broke out on the 29-tonne fishing boat at around 7:09 am in waters some 76 kilometres west of Jeju Island, leaving one dead and 11 others unaccounted for. Dtinews