Rescuers recover bodies of 2 believed to be crew members of capsized boat

By Hoai Nhon, Thanh Nien News

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Rescuers prepare to bring the bodies ashore for identification. Photo: Nguyen Long Rescuers prepare to bring the bodies ashore for identification. Photo: Nguyen Long

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Rescuers recovered Sunday the bodies of two men believed to be crew members of a boat that capsized off Ho Chi Minh City last Friday.
The Hoang Phuc 18 with a crew of 17 capsized at around 7 p.m. Friday on Soai Rap River in Can Gio District. Thirteen crew members have been saved, according to Nguyen Dinh Viet, deputy head of the Vietnam Maritime Administration.
At around 9 a.m. on Sunday, rescuers found two bodies around 4-5 nautical miles from the site where the boat capsized.
Both bodies were brought ashore, waiting to be identified.
Rescuers are still searching for the remaining bodies of the two crew members.
A ship carrying Transport Ministry's officials reaches the capsized boat in the morning of November 1, 2015. Photo: Nguyen Long
The boat, loaded with 700 tons of stones and machinery, was anchored on the Soai Rap River in rough weather when it suddenly listed to starboard, the crewmen said.
It took only five minutes for the boat to capsize.
Ten crew members were saved by fishermen in the area before vessels of the Coast Guard and search and rescue forces reached the scenes and rescued three others.

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