|Authorities of Bình Dương Province search for the body of a victim involved in a barge capsizing on the Đồng Nai River on May 18. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Văn Việt|Viet Nam News
BÌNH DƯƠNG — The bodies of two people who were tossed overboard after a barge capsized on the Đồng Nai River were found after an eight-hour search. One other person is still missing.
The information was revealed by Nguyễn Văn Dựt, director of Bình Dương Fire Prevention and Fighting Police on Friday afternoon.
According to Vietnam News Agency, at 2am on the same day, the Long An-based barge carrying a family of five members suddenly capsized on the Đồng Nai River in the vicinity of Thạnh Phước District, Tân Uyên Town.
Helmsman Phạm Văn Hùng, 50, from Long An Province and his 19-year-old son, Phạm Chí Cường managed to swim to shore.
After the eight-hour search, rescue forces found the bodies of Huỳnh Thị Tuyết, Hùng’s mother-in-law and Phạm Văn Quốc Bảo, his son.
Meanwhile, Hùng’s wife, Phạm Thị Ngọc Dung, 41, is still missing.
Đoàn Hồng Tươi, head of Tân Uyên Town People’s Committee, said that the local authorities would provide initial support of VNĐ3 million (US$132) for each injured person and VNĐ5 million ($220) for each of the deceased.
Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hoà Bình, who chaired the National Committee for Traffic Safety, sent his condolences to the family and asked his deputy Khuất Việt Hùng to the scene to direct relief efforts. — VNS