This was a really sad news yesterday. 12 passengers of the 27 on board were killed when the boat sank in Ha Long Bay at 5 am on February 18. It carried a lot of foreigners. And preliminary investigation shows that there was a leak in the engine room. Although the boat was equipped with lifesaving devices, the passengers were asleep around this time and was unaware of the disaster. Read the full story here.
An accident also happened on March 2, 2010 when a tourist boat caught fire in the middle of the night. For the full news, read here.
Ha Long Bay is a World Heritage Site and is a popular tourist destination in Vietnam. And is one of the places in Vietnam that I’m very excited to visit. I do hope those who are involved in Ha Long Bay cruises put in extra safety measures. The last two accidents both happened before daybreak and maybe putting extra people on night duty would be a good idea. And of course, the boats should really be checked for sea-worthiness. Now, I’m having second thoughts whether it’s a good idea to ride the junk ship when we do get to visit Ha Long Bay.