A file photo of Que Huong 2, which broke down off the central province of Binh Thuan on January 10 with 101 people on board
A ship carrying 101 passengers and more than 40 tons of goods broke down, drifting off the central province of Binh Thuan on Saturday; no casualties have been reported.
The accident happened around 9 a.m. when Que Huong 2 was on its way from Phan Thiet Town to Phu Quy Island, according to the provincial port authority.
Around noon two rescue boats approached the troubled ship.
Rescuers planned to fix the problem that was believed to be “not serious,” and caused by an oil pipe breaking.
If it is irreparable, they will tow the boat to the island, which is some 17 sea miles from the accident site. The tow, if happening, will take around one hour, the authority said.
In the meantime, captain Cai Van Toai said all the passengers had been provided with life jackets and assured that the situation was under control.
The area’s weather conditions were “very convenient,” he added.
Built in 2001, Que Huong 2 operates on the Phan Thiet – Phu Quy route with the capacity of carrying 165 passengers and 55 tons of goods.