Ship accident spills oil, leaves one missing

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One sailor went missing and some 8,000 liters of oil were spilled when a boat crashed into two others in the southern province of Dong Nai Friday.

According to rescuers, the Bien Nam No.17 met a whirl pool some 100 meters from the bank of the Dong Nai River at 4pm, making it crash into two other boats anchored nearby.

The hit partially sunk the boat, which was carrying more than 3,000 tons of clinker from the northern province of Quang Ninh to Ho Chi Minh City.

Eleven of the boat's 12 crewmen were rescued from the water, but a 22-year-old was nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, some 8,000 liters of oil leaked from the sinking boat and quickly spread up and down the river.

Hoang Van Loc, director of Dai Minh Oil Spill Response and Rescue Company, said his company is cooperating with local agencies to look for the missing victim and handle the oil spill. 

He also promised to salvage the Bien Nam Transport Company before it sank completely.

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