Soldiers' bodies found days after central Vietnam shipwreck

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The last four bodies of five soldiers missing in a shipwreck in central Vietnam were found Thursday, after five days of searching.

Private first class Le Van Chi was found two days earlier, news website VnExpress reported. Their boat, which was on duty, sank off Quang Nam Province on December 25 as a result of a broken rudder.

The four bodies have been identified as private first class Dang Ngoc Thien, 19; lieutenant Bui Phuoc Tam, 28; and two second lieutenants, Nguyen Dinh Duy and Nguyen Hong Chien, both 24.

The men were found by local fishermen and rescue forces from the Military Command in Quang Nam Province, which is where UNESCO heritage Hoi An town is located.

Major-general Nguyen Quy Nhon said the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs has agreed to grant martyr status to the deceased soldiers, as suggested by the Ministry of National Defense.

"Their funerals will be held in military ceremonies," Nhon said.


Two die, five missing as boat sinks in central Vietnam
A teacher and a health worker, both female, also drowned in the accident.

There were 35 people aboard while the boat was traveling from Cham Isle back to shore for a training session in Da Nang, neighboring Quang Nam.

The boat will be retrieved in several days.

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