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Vietnamese tour guide dies following boat crash in southern Vietnam

Vietnamese tour guide dies following boat crash in southern Vietnam

Monday, April 22, 2024, 15:30 GMT+7
Vietnamese tour guide dies following boat crash in southern Vietnam
Police are investigating the root cause of a fatal boat crash on April 19, 2024 in southern Vietnam that has left a Vietnamese tour guide dead and two foreign tourists seriously injured. Photo: Minh Khang / Tuoi Tre

A Vietnamese tour guide passed away after he and two foreign tourists were seriously wounded following a collision between their tourist boat and a ferry boat on the Tien River in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region on Friday evening, a local official confirmed on Monday.

The 36-year-old tour guide, named Ab Dol Ro Zak, a Cham resident in Tan Chau Town of An Giang Province, southern Vietnam, was confirmed dead on Sunday evening while he was receiving treatment at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, according to Pham Dang Tuan, Party chief of Chau Phong Commune in Tan Chau.

Local police are investigating the root cause of this fatal boat collision, said an officer from Tan Chau.

The crash took place at around 5:30 pm on Friday on the river section in Vinh Xuong Commune of Tan Chau Town, around 240 meters from the river shore in An Giang and more than one kilometer from the Vietnam-Cambodia border.

The express ship was badly damaged after it ran recklessly and was then hit by the ferryboat in its left hull. Photo: Supplied

The express ship was badly damaged after it ran recklessly and was then hit by a ferry boat in its left hull. Photo: Supplied

The ferry boat, steered by Vo Van Nhan, a 49-year-old native of An Giang, which was carrying passengers on the river crashed into the An Giang-based Hang Chau Tourist Express Boat, which was sailing tourists from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, with 42 tourists, two crew members, and the Vietnamese tour guide onboard.

The ferry forcefully hit the left side of the express boat, damaging a large part of the latter and causing many passengers to fall on the floor.

The impact was severe, causing the tour guide to suffer fractures in both legs and resulting in the severing of his right arm by a metal piece that broke during the collision.

Two foreign tourists, Koehler Dietmar Heinz, 67, from Germany, and Kormann Pascale-Aline, 57, from France, both broke their left legs.

“The express ship was running fast in an attempt to pass the bow of the ferry boat but it failed, and it was then hit by the latter in its left hull,” a leader of the border guard station in Vinh Xuong said.

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