A Vietnamese tour guide and a Chinese tourist are dead after a speedboat overturned off the beach city of Nha Trang in Vietnam’s south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Wednesday.
Preliminary information shows that the accident happened at around 4:00 pm as the boat was transporting a group of tourists near Nha Trang Bay.
A report says that the boat suddenly flipped over and began sinking near the Tri Nguyen Island, also known as Hon Mieu (Mieu Islet), about one kilometer from the mainland.
Ngo Thi Huong, 25, a female guide working for a Nha Trang- based company, and Liu Yuling, 30, a visitor from China, drowned during the incident.
Twelve officers from the provincial Border Guard Office and people from nearby ships quickly arrived at the scene to rescue the remaining victims.
The group was later brought to the Cau Da Port.
Liu Zhirui, a four-year-old Chinese boy, was found unconscious and is currently being treated at a local hospital.
Officers later announced that the speedboat, named Phi Long 09, was capable of carrying 25 passengers and was being operated by a local maritime transport business.
Prior to the incident, the ship was carrying a total of 23 people, including 20 Chinese tourists, their guide, the captain, and a sailor.
Its registration was still valid at the time of the incident.
One of the victims stated that the speedboat shook violently before capsizing, adding that the situation escalated very quickly, according to online newspaper VnExpress.
Nguyen Sy Khanh, vice-chairman of the Nha Trang People’s Committee, confirmed on the evening of the same day that authorities are probing the case and assisting victims.