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Ninety rescued after Vietnam hydrofoil blast and fire

22 January 2014

A hydrofoil carrying 90 passengers caught fire in the Saigon River en route from Ho Chi Minh City to Vung Tau on January 20.  Passengers said there was an explosion in the engine room 15 minutes after departure, and many panicked after seeing smoke and jumped into the river to escape. There are no reported casualties.

The captain drove the vessel toward the riverbank and crew members called HCMC Port Authorities for aid and rescue boats and fishermen arrived to save the passengers.. The boat nearly capsized after passengers ran around the cabin in panic.

The boat is currently half sunk and oil is reportedly leaking into the Mekong. The cause of the explosion is being investigated.

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