Rescuers Sunday found the bodies of a man and two children who had gone missing after their tourist boat overturned on Da Nang’s Han River the previous day.
The victims were identified as Pham Tan Cuong, 46, of Binh Dinh Province and two siblings, Trinh Kim Phuong, seven, and Trinh Tien Huy, four.
Rescuers ended their search missions as Da Nang authorities confirmed that the trio were the only people missing out of 56 who had been on board the Thao Van 2.
The accident happened at around 8:30 p.m. when the vessel suddenly overturned at a river section in front of the Novotel Hotel in the downtown area.
Some people managed to swim ashore while many others were rescued by nearby boats and rescuers.
Le Cong Chi, the boat pilot, was arrested soon for questioning.
Preliminary investigation has found the boat was not licensed to carry tourists and was a modified fishing boat with a capacity of only 28.
The Thao Van 2 tourist boat has been towed near the shore in Da Nang's Han River. Photo: Nguyen Tu
Following the tragedy, city authorities have suspended the operation of all tourism boats on the Han River.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc Sunday instructed Da Nang authorities to launch a criminal investigation into the case and throw the book at violators.
The Ministry of Transport instructed provincial transport agencies around the country to keep a close eye on waterway safety.