A pair of Vietnamese fishermen who were reportedly adrift in the sea for two days were rescued in Malaysian waters on Tuesday.

At 2:15pm, Nguyen Vam Le, 18, and Do Kien Luong, 22, were spotted drifting in the sea about 45 nautical miles from Kuala Terengganu, Channel News Asia reported. They were found by Pelican Calm, a boat owned by Alkahfi Lestari Oil & Gas and Flex Fleet Sdn Bhd, which was taking crew members from an oil and gas platform to a jetty.

The duo were suspected of fleeing their ship as they could not endure working at sea for 15 days. They were not arrested as their actions were not criminal, said a spokesperson from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

He added that the two had been referred to their embassy while their relatives were also contacted.

Fishing is one of the core industries in Kuala Terengganu, the capital of Kuala Terengganu district and also an important trading port in Malaysia. As the city faces the South China Sea, it attracts a lot of Vietnamese migrant workers.