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Vietnam tourists killed in Ha Long Bay boat tragedy

Written By: herbrunbridge - Feb• 19•11

Ha Long Bay Sleepover boats have been temporarily docked, pending investigation by Vietnamese authorities

Twelve international travelers were killed this week in the sinking of one of Ha Long Bay’s ubiquitous “sleep-over” boats. The Truong Hai 06 listed precariously for several hours before finally plunging into the waters of the bay during the early morning hours as visitors were sleeping. 

Scores of these wooden boats take visitors on overnight bay stays each day, on Ha Long Bay, a favorite travel destination for visitors to nearby Hanoi. Vietnamese authorities have summoned the crew for questioning pending a full investigation, and have temporarily suspended overnight cruises on the bay. Day cruises remain unaffected.

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