• Boat carrying more people on board than it was designed for
  • Vietnam prime minister orders eximination of tourist vehicles

Vietnamese authorities are searching for two children and one man after rescuing 43 people when a tourist boat designed to carry far fewer passengers sank in the popular tourist city of Danang late last night, according to local media.

Fifty-six people were on board a vessel touring the Han River in Danang, VnExpress reported on is website, citing Huynh Duc Tho, chairman of Danang People’s Committee. The boat was designed to carry 28 people, according to a posting on Vietnam government’s website yesterday.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered provincial agencies to quickly search for the missing people, according to a statement posted on the government’s website today. Phuc also ordered cities and provinces to examine vehicles used to transport tourists on water and ensure their owners comply with laws.

Forty-three passengers, including four Malaysians, were rescued and hospitalized, VnExpress reported.

Le Van Trung, director of Danang’s transport department, was not immediately available to comment when reached by Bloomberg on his mobile phone.

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