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Published: Monday March 10, 2014 MYT 5:20:03 PM
Updated: Monday March 10, 2014 MYT 5:20:03 PM

Vietnam rescuers retrieve floating object, say not a plane life raft

HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese rescue helicopter has retrieved a floating yellow object from the sea and determined it was not a life raft from a missing Malaysian plane, as was earlier suspected, the country's civil aviation authority said on Monday.

"It has salvaged the object, at the notice and request by

Malaysia's rescue centre, 130 km southwest of Tho Chu island. The object has been identified as a moss-covered cap of a cable reel," the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said on its website.

It did not specify whether or not the object was part of a plane but said photographs would be sent to its command centre.

Vietnam scrambled two helicopters from southern Phu Quoc island on Monday afternoon to retrieve the item spotted earlier by a search plane.

(Reporting by Mai Nguyen and Ho Binh Minh; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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