The Vietnam Marine Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (Vietnam MRCC) dispatched a vessel on November 8 to carry 305 Sri Lankan citizens in distress at sea to the shore safely.
Earlier on November 7, the Vietnam MRCC received a message from their Sri Lankan counterpart about a Myanmar-flagged fishing boat with over 300 Sri Lankan citizens aboard.
Sri Lankan citizens aboard the distressed Lady R3 are transferred to the Japan-registered ship Helios Leader.
The vessel, known as Lady R3, was located about 258 nautical miles to the southeast of Vung Tau Cape when it ran into a problem, causing water to flow into the engine room.
The problem occurred on November 5 but was unable to be fixed, prompting the captain to call for assistance.
Upon receiving the information, the Vietnam MRCC in Vung Tau worked with the Ho Chi Minh City Coastal Information Radio Station to provide Lady R3 with instructions to fix the problem and sent an urgent message asking ships operating in the area to support the distressed boat.
At 15:40 on November 7, the Japan-registered ship Helios Leader approached Lady R3, picked up those in distress and gave them first aid.
As of 18:55, all 305 people on Lady R3 were successfully moved to Helios Leader safely and all were in stable condition.