Deadly ferry accident: owner faces charges for hiring unlicensed pilot

Police in Quang Binh Province have recommended prosecution of the owner of the boat that sank on the Gianh River last month, killing 42 people, for employing an unlicensed pilot.

Quang Hai boat station, where 42 people died out of the boat accident (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

Nguyen Xuan Quy had employed his brother Nguyen Xuan Mau who will also be charged for handling the vessel without a license.

The boat was carrying 78 passengers plus cargo though it was only designed to carry 12.

It sank just 20 meters into its trip to the other side, killing mostly women and children.

Following the horrific tragedy the Ministry of Transport has dispatched two teams who start February 3 a tour of inspection of ferry landings nationwide.

The inspectors will seek to eliminate illegal ferries and substandard facilities and appeal to operators to scrupulously comply with safety regulations.

The teams will begin their work in the central region between Thanh Hoa and Quang Nam Provinces. 

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By staff writers - Translated by Phuong Lan

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