Police in Ca Mau Province Tuesday recommended charges against the owner of an outboard that crashed into a bridge pier in November, killing two and injuring seven others.
Hong Thi Khanh, 43, the owner of Hong Han Canoe Company, which provides river tours around the province, faces charges of hiring an unlicensed pilot for the boat.
Forty meters from the scene, locals discovered the body of the pilot, Ly Van Son, 18, hours after the vessel crashed into the Sac Co bridge in Ngoc Hien District on November 24.
The boat broke into two following the collision, throwing all its occupants into the river.
Passers-by jumped into the water and rescued the seven tourists. They were all injured and rushed to Nam Can District General Hospital.
A tour guide named Dang Quoc Dai, 27, was stuck in the vessel, and by the time rescuers managed to pull it ashore he was dead with severe injuries.
Six of the seven tourists were Vietnamese-Australians aged 60-66, while the seventh was a 38-year-old Vietnamese man.
Eyewitnesses said the boat was traveling at high speed when it crashed into the pier.