Seven Indonesian sailors and one from China were rescued after their cargo ship sank off southern Vietnam, an official told AP Friday.
The Belize-registered Ocean Star sank about 150 nautical miles (275 kilometers) off the coast of Ba Ria Vung Tau province Thursday en route from Hong Kong to Thailand to pick up a cargo of frozen seafood, said Nguyen Ngoc Hung, director of the provincial Department of Foreign Affairs.
All eight sailors aboard were rescued hours later by Singapore-registered container ship Sima Pride, Hung said.
The cause of the accident was under investigation, he said. Further details were not immediately available.
Hung said the sailors were resting at a hotel in the resort city of Vung Tau after being taken in by Vietnamese authorities Thursday night.
The sailors are expected to be turned over to their respective embassy officials Tuesday after paperwork is completed, Hung said.
Last Saturday, Vietnamese fishermen rescued an Australian and a New Zealander after they spent 11 days adrift on a lifeboat in the East Sea.