|Rescuers yesterday began lifting Vietnamese cargo vessel Hoang Phuc 18, which sank on the Soai Rap River near HCM City on Friday. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Rescuers yesterday began lifting Vietnamese cargo vessel Hoang Phuc 18, which sank on the Soai Rap River near HCM City on Friday while carrying 17 people and hundreds of tonnes of cargo. Four people were reported dead or missing after the accident.
A Yet Kieu P3 floating crane with lifting capacity of 350 tonnes was used to raise the sunken boat. Other boats including My A with 3,000 horse power and Visal 08 assisted in stabilising the capsized vessel.
To prevent oil spills from Hoang Phuc Vessel, other boats and speedboats were used to install 100 buoys near the lifted vessel.
Preparation tasks were completed yesterday morning as divers tied cables to the vessel, which was later partly lifted out of the water.
The vessel will be examined at a location in Vung Tau City.
Nguyen Dinh Viet, deputy head of Viet Nam Maritime Administration, was at the site steering the lifting task.
Divers said that the two missing people, Phan Anh Tan, 54 from Ha Tinh, and Nguyen Huu Quang, 29, from Ninh Binh, were not found inside the vessel.
The cargo ship departed from Dong Nai's Long Thanh District on Wednesday.
When reaching the Soai Rap estuary, rough seas forced the ship to turn back to marking buoy No 5, where the crew waited for better weather.
On Friday night, when the crew were about to have dinner, a wave hit one side of the vessel, causing it to stagger before capsizing. Two people were found dead and another two are missing.
According to survivors, 11 people of the 16-member crew escaped by scrambling onto a barge behind the vessel. — VNS