8 injured as fishing boat explodes in central Vietnam

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Victims of a boat explosion in Thua Thien-Hue Province receive treatment at a hospital. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre. Victims of a boat explosion in Thua Thien-Hue Province receive treatment at a hospital. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre.

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A fishing vessel heading back to the shore in central Vietnam suddenly exploded on Friday morning, injuring eight crew members who were thrown into the water, authorities said.
Doctors of Hue Central Hospital in Thua Thien-Hue Province said the victims, aged from 20-60, suffered serious burns. One of them is still in critical condition.
The incident happened at around 4 a.m. on Friday, when the boat was four nautical miles from Thuan An Port.
Fishermen from other boats nearby helped rescued the victims, rushing them to the hospital.
One crew member, also the boat's owner, was not hurt in the explosion. He was reportedly sitting far away from the others.
Investigators are looking into the incident. A short circuit is suspected to be the cause.

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