Published on : Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The ship was returning from a night trip around 6.30 a.m. During this point of time, the flames spread quickly and engulfed a major portion of the cruise ship The rescue workers at a local port was able to bring all the 14 tourists, six crew members and their guide to another boat prior to the sinking of the ship.
The local authorities are currently investigating the incident.
The issue of fire safety has always been an area of concern among the tourists on cruise trips in Ha Long Bay. This region is a world-renowned destination and is a favorite of several foreigners. Similar incidents keep happening despite the fact that the officials have strengthened inspection.
Authorities in the northern province of Quang Ninh have declared plans to replace all the wooden boats and ships with metal vessels in the following five years.
Last year, they had also thought about imposing a ban on overnight trips for safety reason.
However, they had not made any decision.
Quang Ninh had received as many as 8.3 million visitors last year that marked an increase of 7% from the year 2015, as declared by the official statistics. Of those visitors, there were 3.5 million foreigners and a majority of them had visited the Ha Long Bay.