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Labor exporters ordered to help sailors from sinking boat in Antarctica

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

After 11 Vietnamese fishermen were reportedly dead or missing from an incident in a Korean fishing ship off Antarctica, the Department of Overseas Labor has ordered five companies that dispatch Vietnamese laborers to work in overseas, to assist and help the victims’ families.

The grandmother of sailor Nguyen Tuong wailed in mourning after receiving the bad news of her grandson (Photo: SGGP)

The 11 Vietnamese fishermen, who predominantly from the central province of Ha Tinh, were sent by five Vietnamese labor agencies: LOD Human Resource Development Corporation, Traenco Labor Export Center, Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.1, Southern Waterborne Transport Stock Corporation and the Tourist, Trade and Labor Export Joint Stock Company (TTLC).

Under the order, labor export companies must dispatch men to South Korea to work with concerning sides to confirm the identities of the dead and the missing and assist rescued sailors.

Staffs on duty have to contact with the Consular Department, part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulate of Vietnam in the Republic of Korea and New Zealand.

Companies should tell sailors’ families about their condition as well as support families of the dead and the missing to help them overcome current difficulties.

For rescued sailors, companies must ask boat owner to take revivers to hospitals for treatment. Companies must finish all formalities to bring survivors back to the country safely.

For the dead individuals, companies were asked to hold funeral ceremonies and the Labor exporters must pay any wages, bonuses and other welfare entitlements to the relative’s families.

So far, five have been confirmed dead and 17 others still missing and presumed dead. This was after a South Korean deep-sea trawler with eight Koreans, eight Chinese, 11 Vietnamese, 11 Indonesians, three Filipinos and one Russian sank 1,850 km north of Antarctica — halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica.

Of the 42-strong crew on the 614-DWT trawler, a 24-year-old sailor, Nguyen Tuong, from district Ky Anh in the central province of Ha Tinh has been confirmed dead. His mother, Dang Thi Lan, 75, is still mourning for her son.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Son aged 28, from the district Ky Anh in Ha Tinh province, Nguyen Van Thanh aged 21 and Nguyen Van Son aged 25, both from Ky Anh district in Ha Tinh province, are missing and presumed dead. They were not wearing any protective clothing and the temperature there is extremely hostile – 2o Celsius.

Nguyen Minh Hoan, deputy head of district Ky Anh People’s Committee, said most of sailors in the boat have harsh living conditions. Their relatives had borrowed bank loans to pay for labor exporters. They hoped to make money after two or five years of labor. Their deaths left big debts for relatives.

Source: SGGP

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