Three detained in fatal tourist boat sinking in Da Nang

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Vo Quoc Hung, owner of the Thao Van 2 tourist boat, at a police station in Da Nang. Photo credit: Nguyen Vu/Zing.vn Vo Quoc Hung, owner of the Thao Van 2 tourist boat, at a police station in Da Nang. Photo credit: Nguyen Vu/Zing.vn

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Three men have been detained in connection to an investigation into the sinking of a tourist boat which claimed three lives in Da Nang on June 4.
Da Nang police on Friday arrested the boat owner Vo Quoc Hung, 44, and Nguyen Ngoc Quan, 25, a tour guide who was responsible for selling the boat tour to customers. The pilot, Le Cong Chi, was arrested earlier.
Two children and a man drowned after the Thao Van 2 tourist boat overturned on the Han River on June 4 evening.
According to the police, the boat was not licensed to carry tourists.
The police considered overloading the primary cause of the sinking. The vessel, which was originally a fishing boat, had a capacity of only 28 passengers, but was carrying 56 people when it capsized.
The reputation of Da Nang's tourism industry has suffered from the sinking, said the chief of Da Nang Party Unit, Nguyen Xuan Anh.
Following the tragedy, Da Nang authorities suspended the operation of all tourism boats on the Han River.
They also suspended the issuing of license for tourist boats modified from fishing boats.
Investigation is ongoing.

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