09 May '11, 1pm

French tourists escape as boat sinks in Vietnam

French tourists escape as boat sinks in Vietnam

HANOI : A group of French travellers had a lucky escape in Vietnam when their tour boat sank on Halong Bay, the party's leader said on Monday, in an eerie echo of an accident earlier this year that killed 12. There were no injuries in the latest incident, which involved 28 French tourists on Sunday afternoon at the popular visitor attraction, said Josette Farret, a 65-year-old who was among those on board. "We felt that there were some technical problems before the departure of the boat, which was in poor condition," she said. According to Dang Huy Hau, government vice-president in Quang Ninh province, the boat went down after a collision with another craft delivering water, but Farret insisted there was "absolutely no collision". Hau said an investigation would be conducted after the boat is salvaged. "Everybody aboard the tourist vessel was transferred to another boat be...

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