|(Flight MH370) Vietnamese rescue vessel sail toward oil spills
Multinational rescue efforts intensified late Saturday, almost 20 hours after a Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 plane lost contact with air traffic control.
Vietnamese Deputy Transport Minister Pham Quy Tieu said rescuers were expected to arrive in waters near the southern Phu Quoc Island where two “suspicious" oil slicks were seen.
The oil slicks were seen at 5:20 p.m local time, one 150 km from Tho Chu island and the other 190 km from Ca Mau Cape, he said.
“The oil spills are suspicious but the [search] plane could not reduce height at the time. We are sending rescue ships to the area," he said, adding search aircraft had returned to base because at nightfall.
Wreckage has been found.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said searchers would widen their area of coverage after initial efforts were unsuccessful.
He said Malaysia had dispatched 15 planes and nine ships to the area, and the US Navy was sending aircraft as well. Singapore, China, Thailand and Vietnam also were sending aircraft.
“The search for MH370 is still ongoing. We are focusing on the area where the last signal was detected but we have yet to find anything," Najib told a news conference Saturday evening.—Xinhua