Indonesia: 13 dead in second fatal boat accident in a week

VietNamNet Bridge – Fatal electrical accidents have been increasing at an alarming rate at shrimp ponds and crop fields in the Mekong Delta recently. Local farmers are being blamed for the problem, due to their carelessness and unsafe use of power cables. In many cases, local residents tried to connect electricity to their fields or farms without considering technical and safety issues, leading to accidents. In February, a farmer was killed after accidentally touching worn electrical wire near his shrimp pond in Soc Trang Province’s Vinh Chau Town. Previously, another farmer in the same town died when fixing an engine…... [read more]

Director of the Danang Inland Waterways Authority and a head manager of city's docks have been suspended for 15 days as the investigation into the cause of the boat accident that killed three people in Danang City continues.  Thao Van 2 tourist boat Chairman of Danang City Huynh Duc Tho confirmed the decision on June 6 that they suspended Le Sau, director of the Da Nang Inland Waterways Authority, and Nguyen Cong Hieu, head of Danang docks management board. Tho said they had asked agencies including the transport and public security departments to review and define the individual responsibility over…... [read more]

Indonesian rescuers are searching for missing people from the Marina Baru boat offshore (Source: AFP/VNA)Jakarta (VNA) – The navy of Indonesia plans to send warships to join the search for 54 people still missing from the recent boat accident on December 19, said the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo on December 23. 24 ships and fishing boats are searching for the victims in the Gulf of Bone where the Marina Baru, carrying 118 passengers and crewmen, sank on its way from Kolaka in Southeast Sulawesi province to Siwa town in South Sulawesi province, he said. A…... [read more]

A second fatality has been reported in connection with a brain-eating amoeba, but the HCM City Department of Health has not yet determined the exact cause of death. The brain-eating amoeba causing the two victims' death The victim was a six-year old boy named Ly Tai Tien, from Binh Tan District. Tests showed that he died of the brain-eating amoeba named naegleria fowleri, however, doctors do not know how he was infected.The victim family said, the boy suffered from epilepsy which seriously affected his ability to move and his mental development. When he was born, he was also diagnosed with a…... [read more]

HA GIANG (VNS) — Ha Giang Police have begun legal proceedings against a 26-year-old man for violating the Law on Waterway Transport, killing three people in a boat accident early this month. On November 12, Dang Van Bien from the ethnic Dao minority group was transporting seven people by boat past the Nam Am Hydroelectricity reservoir. His boat upturned and three passengers drowned and the remaining passengers were saved by a local man. — VNS... [read more]

Five fishermen were rescued from a boat accident and sent to Co To Island on May 25. One was killed and another went missing in the accident. — Photo QUANG NINH (VNS) — One fisherman was killed and another went missing in a boat accident in the sea off the Hai Phong Province on Sunday.Five persons were rescued from the boat and sent to the Co To Island on the same day.The dead fisherman, Dang Van Dum, who was also the captain, died of serious injuries. Tran Van Dong, who is missing, reportedly did not escape from the sinking…... [read more]

QUANG BINH (VNS)— The bodies of three victims of a boat accident on the Gianh River in the central province of Quang Binh were found yesterday morning, local authorities have confirmed. The accident happened on Monday near Con Kec village in Quang Trach District's Quang Thuan Commune. The wooden boat, which was carrying nine passengers, capsized while approaching the riverbank. Two passengers swam safely ashore, while four were rescued by local people. The bodies of the dead are being returned to their families. — VNS... [read more]

A fatal labour accident at Vung Ang economic zone (Source :VNA)Hanoi, (VNA) – Vietnam targets a 5 percent annual decrease in fatal labour accidents under the 2016-2020 National Programme on Labour Safety and Hygiene recently approved by the Prime Minister. The programme also sets the goal that more than half of workers in jobs with risk of popular occupational diseases will receive medical check-ups while 70 percent of large-scale firms and 30 percent of small- and medium-sized ones will monitor labour environment. Over 80 percent of workers holding jobs that have strict labour safety and hygiene requirements and 90 percent of security…... [read more]

At least 27 people died in a refugee boat accident off western Australia, Customs officials said Wednesday, adding that there were 42 survivors but the search and rescue operation was still underway. A boat full of refugees is smashed by violent seas off Australia\'s Christmas Island, as shown in this Channel 7 TV framegrab of a photo released by The West Australian on December 15. Christmas Island residents watched aghast from the cliffs as the tragedy unfolded below, helpless to assist those dashed against the rocks and debris as bodies floated in the churning sea and rescuers tried to save…... [read more]

Illustrative Image HA NOI (VNS) — Potentially fatal electrical accidents are on the rise around shrimp ponds in the southern province of Bac Lieu, Vietnam News Agency reported. However, the management of power cables and local awareness of their dangers remains low, the agency quoted local authorities as saying. Figures from police in Dong Hai District showed that at least four people died from electric shocks in the past two months.In August, Pham Van Sang, 30, and Nguyen Thanh Toan, 41, in Dong Hai District's Long Dien Dong Commune, were killed near their shrimp ponds. Sang had been using worn…... [read more]