Last body in Quang Binh boat accident found

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Last body in Quang Binh boat accident found

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Rescue workers on Thursday salvaged the last body of 42 victims who drowned when an overloaded boat capsized Sunday in the Central province of Quang Binh, a local official said.
The body of Pham Thi Hong was found in the province's Bo Trach District, about five kilometers away from the accident site, said Tran Manh Ho, the communist party chief of Quang Hai Commune, where most of the victims are from.
Witnesses said about 80 passengers were on board of this vessel when it capsized on Sunday. Some officials have said the boat's capacity was about 12 people.
Hong was the last victim of the accident on the Gianh River which killed mostly women and children, Ho said.
Ho told Tuoi Tre Newspaper that until Thursday afternoon 55 governmental and non-governmental agencies had visited the victims' families and given them about VND1.2 billion (US$69,000) in total.
Thirty-five passengers were rescued or managed to swim to safety in the accident.
Witnesses had earlier said about 80 passengers were on board at the time of the accident. Some officials have said the boat's capacity was about 12 people.
Local police have detained Nguyen Quy, a co-owner of the boat, for investigation. Quy's brother, Nguyen Mau, the other owner, has not been arrested to allow him to conduct the funeral of his wife, who died in the accident.
The accident happened at roughly 6:30 a.m. Many passengers boarded the boat to get to a market on the north side of the river for doing their Tet shopping.

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