JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

16 foreigners rescued from ship blaze in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 11:40 GMT+7
16 foreigners rescued from ship blaze in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay
This file photo shows a beach on Ti Top Island in Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh. A large fire occurred on board a cruise ship anchoring near the island on February 3, 2015, forcing the evacuation of 25 people, including 16 foreigners.

Twenty-five people, including 16 foreign travelers, on board a cruise ship were rescued safely from a fire that burned a ship in Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage site in northern Vietnam, on Tuesday evening, local authorities reported.

>> An audio version of the story is available here

>> Saved Filipino chef says Bulk Jupiter capsized, sank off Vietnam for unknown reasons

The blaze occurred aboard the 3-star tourist ship QN-2566 when the vessel was anchored near Ti Top Island in the bay in Quang Ninh Province at about 8:00 pm last night, said Le Duy Phuoc, deputy director of the provincial Inland Waterway Authority (IWA).

The island is about 7 km southeast of the Bai Chay Tourist Wharf in Ha Long City, which is the provincial capital.

At that time, 16 foreign tourists of various nationalities, seven crewmembers, a tour guide and a steward were on board the ship, Phuoc told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper over the phone last night.

As soon as the fire was detected, the ship’s captain asked local agencies for help in extinguishing the blaze and evacuating the people on board, Phuoc said.

The IWA, waterway police and fire police were then deployed to the scene to combat the flame and carry out an evacuation, with the aid of some other ships in the bay.

Rescuers then took all 25 people on board to Ti Top Island safely, while the violent fire burned the vessel despite the effort of firefighters.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Doc ordered all agencies concerned to rapidly take the rescued people to the mainland to examine their health condition and ease their mind.

Competent agencies are investigating the cause of the blaze. The cruise ship is operated by Ha Long Bien Ngoc Co. Ltd., located in Ha Long City.

The vessel has 18 beds and recently resumed operations after a maintenance period, the IWA said.

It met all standards for night accommodation services and order and security, the agency added.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi tre news

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news

Out of sight…

I recently wrote an article about the cost of living for an expat retiree in Vietnam and discovered during research that I was spending money on things out of habit, not need