Boats sank in Typhoon Chanchu: 200 Vietnamese fishermen missing, 24 dead

Twenty-eight Vietnamese fishermen were killed and nearly 250 were lost at sea after being caught up in Tropical Storm Chanchu in two separate incidents, an official said Friday. Some 122 fishermen from central Danang who were aboard six boats that sank during the storm are listed as missing, as are another 99 fishermen from the same town who were traveling in five other boats that are unaccounted for, said Nguyen Da Luong, a border control officer in central Danang.

It was unclear when the boats sank, but their last communication was around noon Wednesday, Luong said. It was unclear where or when the boats sank. On Friday, 60 people were pulled from the water alive and 24 were found dead, he said. The survivors were located somewhere between Taiwan and the Philippines and have made contact with authorities.

In a separate incident, another group of fishermen from Vietnam 's Quang Ngai province also got into trouble during the storm. Four bodies were pulled from the water, while one person was found alive as the search continued for 22 others still missing after their boats sank in Chinese waters, said Nguyen Sau of the Quang Ngai border control, reports the AP.

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