17 Feb '11, 7am

An overnight boat sank early Thursday in Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay, killing 11 foreigners and their Vietnamese guide

An overnight boat sank early Thursday in Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay, killing 11 foreigners and their Vietnamese guide

Vu Van Thin, a senior official with the Quang Ninh province People's Committee, the local government, said the accident happened when 'part of the boat suddenly broke', but bad weather was not to blame. -- PHOTO: AFP HANOI - AN OVERNIGHT boat packed with sleeping tourists, including Americans, Australians and Britons, sank early Thursday in Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay, killing 11 foreigners and their Vietnamese guide, officials said. Nine foreign tourists and six locals were rescued from the chilly water by other tour boats anchored nearby. They were rushed to a hospital as teams scoured the area for more survivors. Those rescued reported seeing a plank of the wooden live-aboard ship ripping away, followed by gushing water inundating the boat and quickly pulling it down around 5 am (6 am S'pore time) near Titov island, said Vu Van Thin, chief administrator of Quang Ninh p...

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