An unknown barge on Tuesday hit a fishing boat on a section of the Saigon River near the Binh Phuoc Bridge of District 12, causing a woman to go missing, said Ho Chi Minh City municipal police.
At around 2:30 am, Nguyen Van L., 50, together with his wife Mai Thi V., 46, were steering a 45 ton boat carrying sand and soil along a stretch of the Saigon River from Thu Duc to Cu Chi when a barge hit them and then fled the scene.
The boat sank after the hit and run accident, in which L. managed to swim to the shore safely while his wife remains missing.
L. later reported the incident to the authorities.
According to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper source, the barge in question was self-propelled and empty at the time of the accident.
District 12’s police are coordinating with functional units to search for the missing woman and clarify the details of the case.