At least two students have been confirmed dead after an overloaded ship reportedly carrying 40 people sank in a sea in southern Vietnam on Thursday.
The two were female students from a high school in Gia Rai Town, Bac Lieu Province, initial reports said.
The ship overturned and sank when it was cruising at 10:00 am in Ganh Hao Sea in Dong Hai District.
It was part of a group of ships participating in the Nghinh Ong (Whale Worshipping) Festival scheduled for April 4 to 6 in Bac Lieu.
Police officers and competent agencies have been dispatched to the scene for rescue missions, Colonel Tran Hoang Nhu, chief of Dong Hai police, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
Col. Nhu said the boat had carried more passengers than it was designed to.
Bui Minh Tuy, chairman of the Dong Hai People’s Committee, said on Thursday afternoon that the ship had been identified as bearing number plate BL 93322, steered by Doan Thanh Nam, who was born in 1982 and lives in Ganh Hao Town.
Fourteen passengers have been rescued, Tuy said, adding that eight have been admitted to Dong Hai General Hospital, five to Gia Rai General Hospital, and one to Bac Lieu General Hospital for emergency care.
The ship was salvaged on Thursday afternoon, with the number of missing people having yet to be confirmed.
A source said the boat was carrying 40 people.
-Tuoi Tre News