39 dead, 5 missing as ferry sinks in Vietnam

January 25th, 2009 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Hanoi, Jan 25 (Xinhua) Thirty nine people died and five others were missing after a ferry with more than 80 passengers on board sank in Quang Binh province of central Vietnam Sunday morning, said a government official here. The overloaded ferry hit strong winds and sank into a river in Quang Binh province. The ferry was designed to carry only 40 to 50 people, said the unnamed official.

Rescue workers have found bodies of 39 victims so far, said the official.

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