15 missing after tour boat sinks in south Vietnam-A A +A
Saturday, May 21, 2011
HANOI, Vietnam -- An official said 15 people, including five children, are missing and feared dead in southern Vietnam after a double-decker tour boat capsized amid strong winds during a birthday party.
Le Van Hieu, chief of Binh Nham village in Binh Duong province, said several people, including two Chinese passengers, managed to swim to safety following Friday evening's incident.
He said the boat was cruising the Saigon river and was only about 100 yards (meters) away from the terminal when it went down.
He added hundreds of soldiers and police have been mobilized for a search and rescue operation. They have located the sunken boat and are expected to pull it from water later Saturday.
Binh Nham village is about 19 miles (30 kilometers) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. (AP)