|Search is going on to find the two missing women after a vessel carrying five to seven tonnes of farmed clams capsized in Thai Binh Province. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — A vessel carrying five to seven tonnes of farmed clams capsized on Saturday night in Thai Binh Province, leaving two women missing, while several hired hands managed to escape.
The missing women, Giang Thi My, 44, and Nguyen Thi Thin, 51, are residents of My Loc Commune in Thai Thuy District.
Nguyen Duy Cam, vice chairman of Thai Binh District's People's Committee, told Vietnamplus online newspaper that immediately after hearing the news, the district and commune authorities and local border guards reached the site of the accident to search for the missing persons and salvage the sunken ship.
On Sunday evening, when the newspaper contacted local officials for updates on the incident, they were told that there was no trace of the missing women and the sunken vessel.
Those who escaped from the ship have recovered and are joining the search and salvage efforts.
Local officials said that the depth of the sea at the site where the vessel is likely to have capsized is up to 4m. As the sea waters are cold now, the authorities can only use motor boats to search the surrounding area.
Local residents told the newspaper that the two missing women could not swim and that when the vessel sank, they were wearing raincoats, prompting fears that their bodies could be trapped under the vessel.
The local official said that if the vessel was spotted, the cargo of clams should be removed to help salvage the ship.
Local authorities have visited the families of the victims to express their condolences, and have promised to give them VND7 million (US$330) each. — VNS