2 confirmed dead after floating restaurant sinks in central Vietnam

By Thien Nhan, Thanh Nien News

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Two people died and four others were injured when a floating restaurant sank in Vinh Hy Bay in central Vietnam this morning.
The Vinh Tien restaurant, constructed on a 200-square-meter platform on top of floating oil drums, started to sink to one side at around 10 a.m., witnesses said.
There were around 200 diners on the raft at that time, they said.
Fishermen in the bay, which is 40 km north of Phan Rang Town, as well as the staff of nearby restaurant rafts rushed to rescue the customers. 
However, two people, identified as Nguyen Huu Chi, 33, and Dinh Cong Duan, 29, died in the sinking. Four other people, aged between 25 and 31, have been hospitalized for treating of injuries.
Search and rescue teams of Ninh Thuan Province as well as Navy divers are searching the scene for any other victim. 
The police said they are investigating what cause the floating restaurant to sink.
A report on Zing news website quoted a local official, Tran Van Nam as saying that the sea where the restaurant anchored is about 2.5 meters deep.
It also quoted Nguyen Van My, director of a Ho Chi Minh City-based travel agency, as saying that the sinking should set alarm bells ringing about safety standards of such floating restaurants in Vietnam.

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