Rescuers at the site where the Don Hien tourist boat sank. Photo: N.B
Forty eight tourists, including 12 children, were rescued after a boat sank after a collision off the world-renowned Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Saturday.
The Don Hien tourist boat with four crew members aboard was ferrying the tourists on a Ha Long Bay tour when it collided with a boat carrying construction rocks on Hon Rom (Rom Island) at 11:30 a.m.
The wooden tourist boat was badly damaged. Water started to flow into the boat, leaving the passengers in panic.
The captain of the boat sent distress signal while managing to drive the boat into a shallow-water area, waiting for rescuers to come.
A rescue boat of the Ha Long Bay’s management board which was on patrol in the area soon arrived at the scene. Another tourist boat nearby also joined the rescue.
All the tourists and crew members, as well as their belongings, were evacuated out of the sinking boat. It sank completely around 10 minutes later.
The tourists were brought ashore for medical check. No injuries were reported.
Local authorities are investigating the cause of the collision.