(VOV) – Four Vietnamese sailors who jumped overboard as their ship passed through the Panama Canal were successfully rescued, officials in Panama announced on August 16.
- 18 Vietnamese sailors rescued
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The Panama Canal Authority ACP identified the sailors as Le Duc Chinh (22 years old), Dao Ngoc Trung (27), Tran Van Duong (21), and Ho Tranh Tung (30).
Panama’s National Air and Navy Service is temporarily accommodating the rescued sailors. They have expressed their desire to return home as soon as possible.
In 2007, Panama police rescued six Vietnamese crew from the same waters after they abandoned their Taiwanese ship to escape employer abuse.