Da Nang presses charges against cruise company after fatal capsize

By Nguyen Dong   June 6, 2016 | 09:25 pm GMT+7
Da Nang presses charges against cruise company after fatal capsize
The authority towed the capsized cruise ship ashore for investigation. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong

Da Nang police has launched today an investigation into the cause of the cruise capsize on Han River that resulted in three deaths. 

Colonel Tran Muu, captain of the investigation team in Da Nang, said the city’s police is determined to identify the culprits of the overturned cruise incident that killed three people, including two children on June 4.

“In addition to the responsibilities of the ship-owner and the driver, we will consider other related individuals and organizations and take drastic measures to get to the bottom of this,” said Muu.

Tomorrow, the police will form an investigation team. Ship-owner Vo Quoc Hung and captain Le Cong Chi of the capsized cruise will be handed to Da Nang police after giving their testimonies.

On June 4, a cruise ship called Thao Van, license plate DNa 0016, was carrying 55 people (including two crew members) as it departed from the Han River Port. After about 10 minutes, the ship suddenly tilted and capsized. Two cruise ships and a nearby canoe quickly came to a rescue, saving more than 40 people.

Da Nang authority ordered the cruise ships on Han River to cease their operation for license and safety check. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong

Da Nang authority ordered all cruise ships on Han River to halt operations for license and safety checks. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong

Preliminary investigation show that the boat overturned because of overloadThe ship had only 28 seats but was carrying 56 people in total, according to Da Nang authority.

Thao Van was modified from a fishing vessel into a cruise ship and is the smallest one operating on the Han River. The ship sank once in 2014 with no casualties.

Da Nang is one of Vietnam's top tourist destinations for foreigners and locals.