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Six relatives drown as wherry capsizes in central Vietnam

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 12:02 GMT+7
Six relatives drown as wherry capsizes in central Vietnam
Authorities search for the missing victims of a wherry accident along the Vu Gia River in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, February 25, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Six people have been confirmed to drown after a wherry capsized in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam on Tuesday.

The boat was carrying ten people, who were relatives, along a section of the Vu Gia River in Dai Cuong Commune, Dai Loc District at around 3:00 pm when the accident happened.

Local residents and authorities were able to rescue four people and brought them to the hospital for emergency treatment. Three of them are now in stable conditions.

The other six victims went missing following the incident. Their bodies were all found and recovered as of Tuesday night.

According to preliminary information, Nguyen Dinh Ba, 61, who was among the deceased, was steering the wherry.

The other dead victims include Ba’s son and daughter-in-law, his younger sister-in-law Nguyen Thi Ai, and Ai’s two young children, aged four and five.

Rescuers carry ashore the body of the last victim in a wherry accident along the Vu Gia River in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam on the night of February 25, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Rescuers carry ashore the body of the last victim in a wherry accident along the Vu Gia River in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam on the night of February 25, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

According to local residents’ accounts, Ba would cross the same section of the river every day in order to travel from his home to a farm where the family grow their crops.

On the day of the incident, Ba had carried his family members, including his in-laws, across the river to visit a relative.

The tragedy occurred on their returning trip.

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