Viet Nam News
NINH THUẬN – A floating restaurant in southern Ninh Thuận Province’s Vĩnh Hy Bay suddenly sank yesterday morning, knocking hundreds of tourists into the sea, of which two were killed and four others injured.
The restaurant of Vĩnh Tiến Tourism Company at Vĩnh Hy Bay in Vĩnh Hải Commune, Ninh Hải District was serving some 300 diners when its pier collapsed. It quickly capsized, tipping people, including many children, into the sea.
The location of the restaurant was reportedly 50 metres from the shore and the water was 2.5 metres deep.
Two people, identified as Nguyễn Thị Liễu Chi, 23, and Đinh Công Duẩn, 29, died in the accident. Four injured people have been hospitalised for treatment.
On Saturday afternoon, the provincial People’s Committee promptly held an urgent meeting.
Vice chairman of the committee, Trần Quốc Nam, said the incident happened when another tourist boat of Vĩnh Tiến Tourism Company hit the floating restaurant with a strong wave, causing tourists to panic.
They rushed into a corner of the restaurant, making it tilt and sink on one side.
Nam stressed that the committee has asked the authorised agencies to investigate the incident as soon as possible.
The committee also suspended the operation of floating restaurants and tourist boats in the bay until the investigation of the case was completed.
Initial investigation showed that the floating restaurant of Vĩnh Tiến Tourism Company owned a business operation certificate, but failed to show the domestic wharf business registration certificate.
The floating restaurant was built on a 200-square-meter wooden raft on top of plastic containers.
Vĩnh Hy Bay has been known as a tourist attraction site in the southeastern province of Ninh Thuận. -- VNS