Wednesday, February 21, 2024

40 dead in Vietnamese ferry accident

A small ferry sank in central Vietnam on Sunday, killing at least 40 people including seven girls and three pregnant women.
The 40 bodies, including 27 women and seven girls, were recovered from the Gianh river in Quang Binh province, about 315 miles (500 kilometres) south of Hanoi, provincial police chief Phan Thanh Ha said.
Rescuers were still searching for six others missing, he said. Thirty-six passengers were rescued.
“This is one of the worst ferry accidents in Vietnam,” Ha said.
An initial investigation showed the boat was overloaded with 80 people, even though it was designed to carry 12, he said.
The boat’s owner and captain were detained for questioning, he said.
The people from Quang Hai village were crossing the river to buy things for their Lunar New Year festivities, the country’s biggest holiday, which begins Monday.
They were only 65 feet (20 meters) away from the river bank when the accident happened, Ha said.

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