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10 Vietnamese fishermen rescued near China's Sansha

(Xinhua)

11:16, August 12, 2012

GUANGZHOU, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Ten Vietnamese fishermen were rescued Thursday after their boat ran aground near China's newly-founded city of Sansha in the South China Sea, China's maritime authorities said Friday.

The South China Sea Rescue Bureau said it received a report early Thursday morning that Vietnamese-flagged fishing boat QNG92443 ran aground in waters of the Xisha islands following an engine failure.

The ship was located at the Langhua Reef, about 60 nautical miles south of Yongxing Island, where the government seat of Sansha is stationed.

The bureau said it immediately dispatched a vehicle to the site and rescued 10 Vietnamese fishermen, who were found floating at sea on pontoons, at 3 p.m.

The fishermen have been sent to Yongxing Island, the bureau added.

China started forming the government of Sansha in mid-July. It is a prefecture-level city that administers the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and the surrounding waters in the South China Sea.

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