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Kiên Giang: Speedboat capsizes, 14 people rescued

Update: February, 09/2017 - 11:17
The speedboat capsized some 10km off Lại Sơn Island. Photo: Dulichkiengiang
Viet Nam News

KIÊN GIANG – Fourteen people were rescued on Wednesday evening after their speedboat capsized due to high waves on the way from Nam Du Island to the mainland.

The speedboat met with the accident while travelling some 10km off Lại Sơn Island, which is one-third the distance from Nam Du Island to the mainland.

All 14 people --12 tourists and two boat drivers -- were wearing lifejackets. They were rescued by two fishing vessels while drifting in the sea.

According to the initial investigation, the speedboat has a maximum capacity of 12 people. It is also registered to transport tourists only around Nam Du Island and is not authorised to run from Nam Du to Rạch Giá City, both in southern Kiên Giang Province.

“Moreover, safety regulations do not allow boats to transport customers on the sea in the evening. We will conduct further investigation into this accident,” Colonel Đặng Văn Thống, political commissar of Kiên Giang Province Border Guard Command, told Tuổi trẻ (Youth) newspaper.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, the group of 12 tourists from Rạch Giá City visited Nam Du Island in Nam Du Commune. In the afternoon, a woman in the group broke her arm so they decided to rent the speedboat to return to the city. – VNS

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