12 Sailors Die Off Vietnam On Ship

Twelve sailors from China have passed away, and nine others are severely ill after a suspected case of food poisoning on board the vessel close to southern Con Dao Island in Vietnam, a rescue official and state media mentioned on Friday.

The Chinese-registered Wu Zhou 8 cargo vessel was sailing to China from Thailand when 21 crew members fell ill, per state media reports.

An official involved in the rescue efforts reported to AFP from Ba Ria Vung Tau province that we were told of 10 bodies on the vessel. The individuals died due to food poisoning.

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The official added that the cause behind the death was left to be confirmed.

They sent the rescue vessel, scheduled to reach the boat from China late on Friday night.

Eleven other sailors were taken to hospital in an aircraft the vessel’s owner hired. Two lost their lives while they were on their way; nine are being cared for by Vietnamese medics. State media reported that the Chinese vessel is now 63 nm from Con Dao Island.

References: Bangkok Post, Fleetmon

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