5 Taiwanese Die in Boat Accident in Vietnam

October 4, 2012

Five Taiwanese tourists died when their cruise boat collided with another vessel Wednesday in Vietnam’s scenic Halong Bay, a hospital official and state media reported.

Thirteen other tourists were rescued after the accident, Vietnam TV reported. It didn’t mention the fate of the crew.

Hospital deputy director Giang Qouc Duy said one of victims was a child.

Halong Bay is visited by many thousands of tourists each year on mostly small cruise vessels.

In February last year, 11 international tourists and one Vietnamese were killed when their boat sank.

Safety standards are reportedly lax, especially on the cheaper cruises, and there have been several deadly accidents over the years.

The bay is three hours east of Hanoi and is renowned for its around 3,000 limestone islands.

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