Chinese maritime police have captured a Vietnamese cargo vessel that rammed and sank a Chinese fishing boat off the northern Vietnamese coast, then failed to help rescue its crew, Chinese media said Monday.
The official Xinhua News Agency said the Vietnamese vessel tried to escape after it hit the Chinese boat on the night of Sept. 22, but was halted and detained by maritime police deployed from the nearby Chinese island of Hainan.
All eight Chinese fishermen aboard the stricken boat were rescued by a sister Chinese fishing vessel, the agency said.
There was no word on whether the Vietnamese cargo ship had been brought to a Chinese port, but Chinese authorities ordered all Chinese vessels in the area to find safe harbor on Thursday, ahead of Typhoon Damrey, which made landfall on Hainan early Monday, informs the AP
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