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Australia says little hope of more survivors from boat wreck

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 8:57 am

SYDNEY, Dec 17, 2010 (AFP) – Australia said Friday there was little hope of finding more survivors from a people-smuggling boat which smashed into Christmas Island two days ago and that the full death toll may never be known.


Prime Minister Julia Gillard said divers had recovered two more bodies, bringing the official death toll to 30, as air and sea searches continued for survivors after their wooden fishing boat sank early Wednesday.


“We do need to face the grim reality that it is becoming increasingly unlikely, an increasingly remote possibility, that survivors will be found at this stage,” she told reporters in Sydney.


“It remains unclear exactly how many people were on the vessel and we may never know that number with precision,” she said, adding that three Indonesian crew were among the 42 survivors.


The wooden fishing boat crowded with up to 100 Iraqi, Kurdish and Iranian asylum seekers and their families was dashed against jagged rocks in dangerous seas at the remote Indian Ocean outpost early on Wednesday, throwing all on board into the churning water.


Of those pulled alive from the sea, five were evacuated to Perth for medical treatment while the rest were being treated on Christmas Island, which lies 2,600 kilometres (1,612 miles) from the mainland.


Australia has a policy of mandatory detention of boat people and uses Christmas Island as its main processing facility to determine whether they are legitimate refugees.


While boats are often picked up as they attempt to make their way to the island, Gillard said authorities had not been aware that this particular boat was approaching.


“The people smuggling vessel was not sighted until it was sighted from Christmas Island itself by residents,” she said, adding that Australia’s sea patrols covered a massive area.


“If we look at the amount of ocean that lies to our north, the area that we seek to keep under watch, the area in which we are most likely to see asylum seeker vessels, that area is more than 1.4 million square nautical miles.


“Consequently I think people would understand, with such a big area, that it is possible for a boat to get to Christmas Island and not be detected.”


The tragedy has sparked renewed debate on Asia’s people smuggling trade, which has brought more than 5,000 asylum seekers from Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka to Australia this year, mostly on unseaworthy vessels from Indonesia.


Gillard said that Australian authorities were working closely with the people smuggling task force from the Indonesian National Police, but did not specify where she believed the boat had come from.


Indonesian police said there was no criminal element to the boat wreck, while Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Michael Tene said Jakarta had no comment on the latest loss of life involving asylum seekers in the waters between Java and the Australian mainland.


Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promised to get tough with the smugglers during a visit to Australia earlier this year, and Gillard raised the issue when she visited Jakarta last month.


Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the government would stick to its strategy of attempting to create a regional processing centre, possibly in East Timor, aiming to break the people-smuggling rings operating in Asia.


Australia has said Wednesday’s accident will be the subject of a criminal investigation and a coroner’s probe.

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Source: SGGP

Ha Long Bay takes 2nd place in top 10 best boat journeys

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been ranked the 2nd among the 10 best boat journeys by the UK’s Lonely Planet Travel Magazine.

Ha Long Bay


“Bobbing on the emerald waters of Halong Bay and moving through its 3000-odd limestone islands is simply sublime. The tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with bird tunes.


There are more than 300 boats based at Bai Chay Tourist Wharf waiting to sweep you away to the World Heritage waters. Day tours last from four to eight hours, though (recommended) overnighters are also available” the magazine written.


Norwegian Fjords gets the first place. Next positions are Amazon River, South America; Franklin River, Australia; Quetico Provincial Park, Canada; Kerala’s backwaters, India; Milford Sound, New Zealand; Island-hopping, Greece; Disko Bay, Greenland; and Galapágos Islands, Ecuador.

Ha Long Bay is a popular travel destination in the Northern Province of Quang Ninh. Covering on an area of around 1,553 km2, the hot tourist spot has including 1,969 islets, most of which are limestone.


In 1994, Ha Long Bay was recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. It has jumped to second place among the 28 finalists of an online voting for the world’s new seven wonders and helping to bring 5.3 million visitors to Quang Ninh in the first eight months of the year.

Source: SGGP

Australia resumes hunt for refugee boat victims, toll rises

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Thursday warned further bodies would be recovered after a boat carrying asylum seekers hit rocks and was shattered by huge waves, killing at least 28 people.


The wooden craft, believed to be crowded with up to 100 Iraqi and Iranian asylum seekers and their children, hit rocks at Christmas Island Wednesday and was shattered by huge waves as traumatised residents looked on helplessly.

Residents and police (R) try to rescue refugees from an asylum boat (C) being smashed by violent seas against the jagged coastline of Australia’s Christmas Island on December 15, 2010. AFP

“We do not know with any certainty how many people there were on the boat, Gillard told reporters.


“We have got to prepare ourselves for the likelihood that more bodies will be found and there will be further loss of life than we know now.”


Customs officials told AFP the search for survivors and the dead resumed at first light on the west coast. They could not confirm how long the rescue operation would last.


Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the death toll from the disaster had risen to 28 — from 27 late Wednesday — while 44 people had been saved with the help of navy personnel and Christmas Island residents.


“The latest report that I have is that we have 44 people rescued and 28 deceased,” he said.


But he warned that survivors had reported that 70-100 people were on board the rickety boat, which witnesses said was thought to be carrying few life jackets. The Flying Doctors have said up to 50 were believed dead.


“I don’t like to speculate on any particular outcome, but obviously the rescuers will be doing their best… to salvage and rescue persons still in the water or to get any bodies they’re able to get out of the water,” Bowen said.


But he also hinted that the chances of finding survivors in “particularly treacherous” seas churned up by an approaching monsoonal storm were dwindling, adding that the exact number of dead would “probably never” be known.


He declined to comment on how the boat managed to get so close to the remote island — closely watched as the main people-smuggling route from Indonesia — without being intercepted by border police.


“I?m not in the position to comment on that one way or another,” Bowen said. “There?ll be an appropriate time for investigation and for further information to be released on that.”


At least 5,000 asylum seekers from Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka have made their way to Australia this year, often on leaky boats from Indonesia.


Lawyers and refugee advocates including Amnesty and the UNHCR said the tragedy highlighted the desperate plight of refugees and urged greater cooperation between nations for more humane solutions.


Shocked survivors of the wreck, including 11 children, huddled in a hospital and a reception centre on Christmas Island, where a makeshift morgue was also set up. Local residents were reeling from the horror of what they witnessed.


Two seriously injured women were flown to hospital in Perth, one with abdominal injuries and the other suffering from respiratory problems from inhaling sea water and diesel, medics from the Flying Doctors said.


Many of the injured were treated by medical services on Christmas Island, home to Australia’s main immigration detention centre for boat people.


Traumatised island residents told how they had watched from the cliffs as the tragedy unfolded.


“There were children in the water. There was one very small child in a life jacket floating face down for a very long time… clearly dead,” said local shop owner Simon Prince.


“It’s something I’m not going to forget very quickly,” he told AFP.


Woken near dawn by the screams of victims, locals gathered life jackets and rushed to the sheer limestone cliffs to offer help, but strong winds blew the flotation devices back onshore.


The terrified group drifted for about an hour after losing engine power and only one man managed an “incredible leap” to safety before the surging waves smashed the rickety vessel apart on the rocks, Prince said.


People were crushed against jagged limestone as navy rescuers battled towering swells to reach them in inflatable dinghies, while locals made a human chain and tried to cast ropes and life preservers down.


Flying Doctors transported patients from the island, which lies 2,650 kilometres (1,650 miles) northwest of Perth.


Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who has cancelled her Christmas holiday to deal with the tragedy, was set to give a briefing alongside her immigration minister later Thursday.


Five Afghan refugees perished last year when their boat exploded off Ashmore Reef, near Christmas Island, injuring 30 others.

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Source: SGGP

Eight fishermen rescued after boat hit by cargo vessel

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am


Eight fishermen were rescued after their boat was hit by an cargo-boat which run away after the accident offshore the central province of Thua Thien Hue on November 28.

Fishing boats in Thua Thien Hue Province’s Thuan An seaport. (File photo)


The accident took place at around 11 pm, when the boat was fishing in the sea. The boat carrying eight fishermen, including captain Nguyen Cong Duyen, 50, was hit by cargo vessel 195 Ha Minh from Hai Phong.


Chairman of Vinh Thanh Commune  Dao Duy Phuong said it involved 20 fishing boats in the local in rescuing the fishermen and fishing the sinking boat out of the sea.


The authorities are also looking for the cargo-boat.


In related news, authorities from the central province of Quang Ngai on November 29 sent workers to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago area in an effort to salvage 16 fishermen on a sinking boat.


Fishing boat QNg 96020 from Quang Ngai Province’s Ly Son Island sank after its water pumping system broke November 26.


The fishermen on board sent SOS signals while bailing out seawater from the boat.
Local sea police plan to either fix the boat or tow it home as soon as possible.


 

Source: SGGP

Strange vessel sinks fishing boat, four missing reported

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

A fishing boat was sunk by unknown vessel on November 30 while catching fish in the sea off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, leaving four missing.

Fishing boats in Ly Son Island

The unknown vessel fled after the accident.


The sunken boat had 11 sailors. Other fishing boats timely rescued seven fishermen including captain Nguyen Thanh Trung. However, one of them was serious injured.


On the same day, the Vungtau Marine Rescue Coordination Centre III took seven fishermen to the shore. Rescue boat SAR 413 is looking for four missing people.


The strange boat has not been identified yet.


In related news, Quang Tri Province’s border guard forces rescued five fishermen, who had met an accident on the same day.


On November 29, the boat was broken by strong wind and waves.

Source: SGGP

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

Boat races kick off Cambodian Water Festival

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Japanese whaler cleared of ramming protest boat

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:26 am

Boat sinks in central province, no injured reported

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 9:56 am

Communication received from missing boat

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm




Communication received from missing boat


QĐND – Sunday, October 17, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

The mainland could contact the captain and the crew on fishing boat QNg 66487 TS at 12:45 on October 16, reported the People’s Committee of the central coastal province of Quang Ngai.


The fishing boat was drifting at sea for the last few days after its engine broke down and the fishermen had to use blankets to make up a sail. It was later spotted by a Chinese patrol ship and nine fishermen on board together with the boat were taken to the Tru Cau island of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago for shelter. 


On the afternoon of the same day, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son met Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Sun Guoxiang, requesting that China soon verify and confirm the information for Vietnam to safely bring the boat and its crew home at the earliest. 


According to the Vietnamese Embassy in China, at 17:30 (Vietnamese time) on October 16, 2010, the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed that China took fishing boat QNg 66487 TS and its nine-member crew to an island of the Hoang Sa archipelago. 


The Chinese side has provided food and drinks, the embassy said. However, due to the bad weather, the fishing boat and its crew will have to stay on the island for the next few days, said the embassy. 


The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry said it would have exchanges with China to safely bring fishing boat QNg 66487 TS and its nine-member crew home as soon as possible.


Source: Vietnamplus


Source: QDND