Two people died and seven others were injured after a motor canoe carrying tourists crashed into a bridge pier in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau on Tuesday.
At around 12:30 p.m. the canoe driven by Ly Van Son, 24, with seven tourists and a tour guide was traveling on Dai Mon Giang River in Nam Can District when it crashed head-on into the pier of a bridge.
The canoe broke into two. All the tourists were thrown into the river. Son and the tour guide were missing.
Nearby residents jumped into the river and rescued the seven tourists. They were all injured and rushed to Nam Can District General Hospital.
The tour guide named Dang Quoc Dai, 27, was stuck into the canoe. When rescuers managed to pull the canoe ashore at around 5:30 the same day, he was already dead with severe injuries.
Son’s body was recovered around 40 meters from the crash site at 6:15 p.m.
Six of the seven tourists are Vietnamese Australians aged 60-66. The remaining one is a 38-year-old Vietnamese man.
A couple named Chuc Gia Quy, 62, and Chuc Danh, 60, sustained more serious injuries and were transferred to Ca Mau Province General Hospital.
The others are still being treated at the Nam Can District General Hospital.
Eyewitnesses said the canoe was traveling at high speed when it crashed into the bridge pier.
Further investigations are ongoing.