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Hundreds of Vietnamese Fishermen Missing

May 19, 2006

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) _ More than 200 Vietnamese fishermen were missing and another 24 were found dead after getting caught in Typhoon Chanchu, a border official said Friday.

At least six boats carrying 122 fishermen sank during the typhoon, and another five boats carrying 99 people were missing, said Nguyen Da Luong, a border control officer in the central city of Danang.

On Friday, 60 people were pulled from the water alive and 24 were found dead, he said.

It was unclear when the boats sank, but their last communication was around noon Wednesday, Luong said.

Chanchu since has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

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