Vietnam ferry sinks, 40 drowned

At least 40 people drowned when a ferry sank in central Vietnam on Sunday, police said.

Vietnam ferry sinks, 40 drowned

Most of the dead were women and children on their way to a market at the start of the week-long Lunar New Year festival, a police officer in Quang Binh province said.

The accident happened in chilly temperatures when passengers stood up in a rush to get off the boat as it approached a pier on the river, Cao Thi Huong, identified as a survivor of the accident, was quoted as saying on the VnExpress website.

There had been 80 people on the boat, despite it only having a licence to carry 40, website reported.

The website said that police had detained Nguyen Xuan Quy, the captain and owner of the boat, while investigating the accident.

Agencies

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