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Vietnam returns Burmese man rescued off southern province

Vietnamese authorities have handed over a young Burmese man who was rescued off the southernmost province of Ca Mau to the Myanmar Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam returns Burmese man rescued off southern province
Vietnam returns Burmese man rescued off southern province

The handover of 25-year-old Myo Min was conducted at the headquarters of the Ca Mau Border Guards on Monday.

Colonel Luong Hoang Dong, Vice Commander of the force, and representatives of related agencies handed Min to Luu Viet Hung, deputy head of the citizen assistance board of the general consulate.

On August 10, while operating a fishing boat off Ca Mau, Tran Van Nam, a 27-year-old Vietnamese fisherman from the southern of Kien Giang, found Min drifting at sea while holding two plastic cans.

Nam pulled Min into his boat to care for him. Min quickly recovered, so Nam continued his fishing trip until August 21, when he returned to shore and reported the case to the Song Doc Border Guard Station in Tran Van Thoi District, Ca Mau.

During the nearly two months it took for Min to carry out procedures related to identification and repatriation, the station provided him with accommodation, food and drinks, and personal items for daily use.

Besides Min, the station is taking care of three other foreigners who were rescued from the sea.

They include a Thai national and two Cambodians, all of whom are waiting to complete procedures for repatriation.

On June 23 this year, fishermen aboard three Vietnamese fishing boats rescued 11 Malaysian sailors whose barge broke down off Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.