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Cruise ship sinks in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, 12 foreigners rescued

(14:03:45 PM 30/08/2014)
( - A cruise ship with 12 foreigners on board sank in Ha Long Bay due to violent winds in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Thursday afternoon but all of them were saved, according to local authorities.

 Ga Choi Isle in Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh is seen in this file photo.


The accident occurred at 2:15 pm, when Tung Trang cruise ship #QN2477 was hit by powerful winds amid a downpour in the Ba Hang area, near Ga Choi Isle in the bay. 
The ship departed an hour earlier from the Bai Chay resort in the bay. 
Besides the 12 foreign tourists, the vessel was also carrying a Vietnamese tour guide and seven crew members.
All of them put on life jackets in time before the vessel began sinking.
After being informed of the accident, local rescuers dashed to the scene and saved all of the 20 people, who were later taken ashore safely.
Dang Huy Hau, deputy chairman of the provincial People’s Committee was present at the scene to direct efforts to search for the properties of the ship and of all the victims.
At the time of the sinking, it was raining heavily in the bay due to the effects of a tropical low pressure system that was moving in the Gulf of Tonkin, local authorities said.
Rainstorms and strong winds were also seen across Quang Ninh’s Ha Long City on Thursday.
Ha Long Bay is among the most popular travel destinations in northern Vietnam. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
According to the Vietnam National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center, the tropical low pressure system has brought rainstorms and strong winds to the northern region and provinces in the north-central area since Thursday morning.
Source: Tuoi Tre

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