19 Feb '11, 8am

[CNA] Vietnam vows prosecution over boat tragedy

HANOI: Vietnam will prosecute anyone responsible for the sinking of a tour boat in Halong Bay that killed 12 people, officials said Saturday, as relatives arrived to take home the victims' bodies. Visitors from the United States, Sweden, Russia, Britain, Japan, France and Switzerland died when their boat sank while they slept before dawn on Thursday. "It's the deadliest Vietnamese tourism accident until now, and is a sad lesson," Nguyen Quy Phuong, a deputy director of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration, told AFP. "The people who caused the sinking of the ship will be properly judged under the law. There will be no exception," he added. Relatives of some of the victims travelled to Halong Bay to receive the bodies of their loved ones on Saturday afternoon. "The bodies of four foreigners -- two Swedes, a Japanese and a Briton -- are going to be returned directly to...

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