Thao Van 2 Sinks on Han River Da Nang, Vietnam with 46 Passengers as Three Passengers Die – On Sunday June 5, 2016 around 8:30 pm, the cruise ship Thao Van 2 sunk with 46 passengers aboard, ten minutes after it departed port in the Han River in Da Nang, Vietnam. Three people were found dead, the rest have been rescued.
Thao Van 2 was found carrying 56 people at the time of the accident, whereas it was designed to transport only 28.
The three missing cruise ship passengers are Trinh Kim Phuong, 7, Trinh Tien Hung, 4, who are both from Bac Kan, and Pham Tan Cuong, 46, from the south-central province of Binh Dinh. All three were found dead in the water the next day.
According to Dang Viet Dung, vice chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, about 70 professional divers, along with military units, have been assigned to search for the victims.
In order to prevent the passengers from drifting out to the ocean as tides fall, five fishing boats were asked to cast their nets to block the entrance of the Han River leading to the sea.
Lieutenant Colonel Dang Huu Tai, captain of the city’s waterway traffic police, said that the cruise ship capsized due to its lack of operating standards.