A steersman was killed and another injured after they were purportedly attacked by pirates while fishing in the Vietnamese waters bordering those of Thailand on Friday afternoon, a local army officer has affirmed.
Lieutenant Colonel Hoang Van Thanh, stationed at marine platform DK1/10 in the waters off the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau, confirmed to VnExpress newspaper on Saturday that his facility received, and provided emergency treatment for, Nguyen Hung Cuong, who sustained severe bullet wounds around 11:00 pm on Friday night.
Cuong, 41, who resides in Kien Giang Province that neighbors Ca Mau, said emotionally he is lucky to get away with his life.
While a pair of fishing boats numbered KG-94811 and KG-94812 were casting nets in the said waters around 3:00 pm on Friday, they were approached closely and homed in on by pirates who were steering a speedboat, the surviving fisherman recounted.
As the two attacked boats sped off to get away, those on the speedboat opened fire on the cockpits and shot dead the steersman of KG-94812 on the spot, Cuong said.
The pirates turned their fire to the KG-94811 boat, which Cuong was on.
He got hit and sustained a broken thigh bone and severe blood loss.
According to preliminary information, the dead steersman is a 38-year-old man named Sinh, and the pair of victimized boats are owned by Bay Sang.
Both come from Chau Thanh District in Kien Giang.
“The attackers, armed with submachine and light machine guns, also wrecked the deck,” Cuong further recalled.