According to initial reports, the incident happened on June 18, around 32 nautical miles south of Bach Long Vy island off the coast of Hai Phong.
The Pacific 01 cargo vessel was heading to Cam Pha from Binh Thuan when it suddenly crashing into a fishing boat numbered NA 95899 TS. The fishing boat was carrying 19 crew members on board at the time of the collision.
The force of the crash caused the fishing boat, owned by Ho Ba Lam, 38, to capsize.
The Pacific 01 vessel was able to rescue nine sailors, but the remaining 10 remain missing.
On the afternoon of June 30, rescue ship SAR 411 of the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre recovered the body of Nguyen Van Hoa, 38, of Tien Thuy commune, Quynh Luu district, Nghe An province. Hoa, along with Dinh Trong Dung, 57, and Nguyen Xuan Tuyen, 32, were brought to land.
Rescue forces are still searching for the remaining nine missing people.