|Divers are dispatched to seek for the missing captain. – Photo: nld.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM City – A Panamanian vessel collided with a barge this morning while running on Thị Vải River in the Cần Giờ District, resulting in a crash that has left one missing.
The accident happened at around 9.45 am as the vessel, named Seiyo Harmony, was approaching port call at Thị Vải General Port in the southern coastal province of Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu.
The barge, coded VL 9009, sank and its captain Bùi Thị Bích Vân went missing. Its owner and chief mechanic Nguyễn Bá Việt was rescued.
Vũng Tàu Maritime Administration search and rescue unit under HCM City’s Fire Prevention and Fighting Police Department are seeking for the missing captain.
Divers have been dispatched to the accident site to search inside the sunken barge in case the victim was trapped. A tow boat has been tasked to move the barge toward the shore to free the lane for other vessels. – VNS