Rescuers managed to save four people aboard a floating restaurant which was washed out to sea early on Wednesday morning in Quang Binh Province, north-central Vietnam, a local border guard station confirmed the same day.
The incident took place at around 1:00 am when the owner of Hai Duong floating restaurant, situated by the Nhat Le River in the province’s Dong Hoi City, and a few friends were trying to pull the restaurant to a nearby canal in order to avoid heavy rains and flooding in the area.
However, the anchor rope of the restaurant suddenly broke and the diner was swept out to sea, according to the Nhat Le border guard station, under the Border Guard Command of Quang Binh.
Pham Van Duong, the restaurateur, was injured when his leg was caught in the anchor rope. Meanwhile, high waves and powerful winds pushed the restaurant further into the ocean.
Upon being notified of the incident, border guards and local inhabitants jointly conducted a rescue operation.
Waves eventually pushed the floating restaurant back to shore at around 2:45 am.
By that time, rescue forces had managed to save the four people from the restaurant.
Duong was sent to a local hospital for medical treatment.
By 8:00 am the same day, the floating restaurant was reanchored.