Vietnamese fishermen have rescued a Melbourne man who had been drifting at sea for eight days on a disabled yacht.

Coast guard official Vo Hoang Liet from southern Soc Trang province said that Kenneth Putney was in good condition after being rescued last week.

Liet says Putney, 54, told Vietnamese authorities that he and three others were towing a yacht from the Philippines to Thailand when the towing rope broke on Dec. 15.

He says Putney jumped onto the yacht because he feared it would be lost.

Liet says Putney drifted on the yacht for eight days before being rescued by the fishermen 15 miles)off the coast.

Putney will be handed over to U.S. embassy. Liet did not say what happened to the other vessel.