HANOI May 27 A Chinese boat rammed and sank a
Vietnamese fishing vessel not far from where China has stationed
a massive oil rig in disputed waters of the South China Sea, the
head of Vietnam's coastguard said on Tuesday.
Vietnamese fishing boats operating nearby rescued the 10
fishermen on board following the incident on Monday, said
coastguard commander Nguyen Quang Dam.
He said the ramming occurred 17 nautical miles from the rig,
which has been deployed between the Paracel islands occupied by
China and the Vietnamese coast.
"A Vietnamese boat from the central city of Da Nang was
deliberately encircled by 40 fishing vessels from China before
it was attacked by a Chinese ship," Dam told Reuters by
There was no immediate comment from China on the latest
incident to flare up since the rig was towed to waters that
Hanoi also claims.
Scores of Vietnamese and Chinese ships continue to square
off around the rig despite of series of collisions earlier this
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last week said his
government was considering various "defence options" against
China, including legal action, following the deployment of the
(Reporting by Nguyen Phuong Linh. Editing by Dean Yates)