|This South Korea Coast Guard handout photo taken at sea some 20 kilometres (12 miles) off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 16, 2014 shows South Korea Coast Guard members (R) rescuing some of the passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry sinking on its way to Jeju island from Incheon.— AFP Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday sent a message of sympathy to President Park Geun-hye over a ferry disaster, on Wednesday, off the coast of the Republic of Korea.
The mishap has led to nine deaths and left 287 missing, mostly schoolchildren.
On the day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also sent a message of sympathy to Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.
On Wednesday, a multi-deck vessel, with 475 people on board, suddenly listed, capsized and then sank within a space of 90 minutes, off the Republic of Korea's southwestern coast. — VNS