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Collier sinks offshore northern Vietnam, leaving 6 crew members missing

HANOI, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- A 3,000-ton collier sank offshore Vietnam's northern Hai Phong city, some 90 km east of the capital city earlier on Thursday afternoon, leaving six crew members missing, local media reported Friday.

Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA said the Phu Cuong 0148 ship carrying 3,000 tons of coal sank at five nautical miles southeast of Ha Mai island in Hai Phong with six crew members onboard. The weather was reportedly bad with rough sea, cyclone and strong gale.

Search operations for the missing people are underway.

In another development also on Thursday, 20 passengers, including 12 foreigners, luckily survived after a cruise ship was capsized in Ha Long Bay in northern Quang Ninh province, some 120 km east of Hanoi.

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