20 Feb '11, 3am

Vietnam death boat owner 'had bad record'

HANOI: A Vietnamese tour boat that sank in Halong Bay, killing 12, most of whom foreign tourists, is owned by a company linked to another deadly accident two years ago, a newspaper reported. Visitors from several nations drowned before dawn on Thursday when their boat suddenly sank at one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. Vietnamese media have identified the boat owners as Truong Hai Co, but the respected Thanh Nien daily reported the firm previously operated under another name until four months ago. Thanh Nien, quoting an unidentified source, said the previous company owned a boat that sank on the bay in September 2009. Three foreign tourists and a local guide died in that accident when their vessel overturned during heavy rain. At the time, Thanh Nien reported that the new boat had breached several regulations, prompting authorities to pledge stricter en...

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