HANOI: At least 13 people were killed and four others were missing after a tourist boat capsized on Saturday in bad weather off the coast of the Vietnamese tourist town of Hoi An, an official said.
The accident occurred as the vessel carrying 39 local tourists and crew members was returning to the world heritage-listed city from Cu Lao Cham island — a popular spot for diving, snorkelling and water sports.
Local Communist Party chief Nguyen Sinh confirmed 13 people had drowned and four were missing.
Rescue efforts were suspended in the evening because of fading light, he said.
“We cannot do anything further as it is too dark,” he told AFP, adding a full investigation would be carried out and some survivors were receiving medical treatment.
“We will resume the search at first light tomorrow morning for the other four people.”
A local border guard said two children were among the missing. “Chances of them being found alive are small,” he said.
There had been rough weather — strong winds and big waves — in recent days, he said.
Vietnam’s domestic tourism industry was rebooted in early February, at the beginning of the Tet traditional lunar new year, after shutting down during strict coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions last year.
The sandy beaches and beautiful architecture of Soi An in central Vietnam are a drawcard for both local and international travellers.