The survey team of the Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics is safe after encountering a fire problem at sea

Implementing the Vietnam-US Protocol Mission on Mekong Delta Research, the Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics has sent a mission (including 7 researchers) to conduct coastal surveys along the Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces from April 8 to April 15, 2014.

During the mission, the survey team hired 01 ship with the number BL 95159-TS, because Mr. Nam resided in Tran De, Soc Trang served as the service leader to perform tasks such as measuring oceanographic factors. , taking sediment samples to monitor sediment transport rules from the Mekong River to coastal waters in low water season.

About 19h00 hours on April 9, 2014, the ship carrying the survey team of the Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics was violently burned at coordinates: 9 degrees 11,428 "north latitude and 105 degrees 58,917" from the coast. Nha Mat, Bac Lieu province, about 20km. There are 7 scientists and 2 crew members on board. Because the ship was burnt in the engine compartment, members on the train quickly divided fire, called for rescue, checked buoys and made lifesaver. After more than 3 hours of hard work and the best effort to save the ship, the members on the ship finally managed to put out the fire. The ship is in danger of sinking into the sea floor due to the flood of water entering the compartment. After extinguishing the fire, everyone went to the bow to wait for rescue.

Where the fire occurred on the ship BL 95159-TS

At the mainland immediately after receiving news reports of officials from the survey survey team, the Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics urgently informed the National Committee for Search and Rescue in Hanoi. Mr. Vu Duy Chien, Deputy Chief of the Committee"s Office quickly informed the Soc Trang border guard station and the local Rescue Center. On the other hand, contact and instruct the Coast Guard of Region 3 in Vung Tau-Con Dao for the departure ship.

Although the sea route is more than 50 nautical miles, the third sea police ship arrived at the distressed ship around 23h00 and brought all officials of the Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics as well as 02 crew and survey equipment board the rescue ship safely. Nearly 1 hour later, the ship of the 2nd Squadron stationed at Nha Mat seaport, Bac Lieu also arrived at the incident. The 3rd Sea Coast Guard ship has carried out procedures to hand over 9 people on board to the 2nd Squadron"s ship.

In the morning of April 10, 2014, the survey team was safely taken to the mainland of Bac Lieu province. Machinery and equipment are not significantly damaged. The group rested in Bac Lieu for a few days to recover health and stabilize the spirit before returning to the unit.

Tranlated by Minh Tam

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