An express boat shuttling between Ho Chi Minh City and the southern beach city of Vung Tau has partially sunk after hitting an unknown object as it was docking at a wharf.
The express boat was part of the route linking Ho Chi Minh City, outlying Can Gio District, and Vung Tau, a popular beach city in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
It got into the accident as it was approaching the stop in Can Gio District at around 8:00 am on Sunday, said Tran Song Hai, director of Ho Chi Minh City-based GreenlinesDP Company, operator of the express boat route.
The ship appeared to slam into an unidentified object before partially sinking, Hai continued, adding that no passenger was harmed.
According to an official from the Ba Ria-Vung Tau inland port authority, the boat was traveling from Vung Tau to Ho Chi Minh City.
The vessel was carrying 42 passengers, all of whom were safely brought ashore following the accident.
Cars were later mobilized to transport the passengers to their destination.
Competent agencies are working with GreenlinesDP Company to find out how to salvage the boat.
The Ho Chi Minh City - Can Gio - Vung Tau express boat route was put into operation on February 10.
A total of 10 ships travel on the journey.
The boats run between Bach Dang Wharf in District 1, Thach An Station in Can Gio District, and Ho May in Vung Tau City.