Vietnam : British tourists are among 12 people who have died after their tour boat sank during the night in Vietnam's picturesque Ha Long Bay, according to local officials.Doan Manh Linh, assistant director at the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Quang Ninh province, said that the boat went down near Titov island at 5am with 27 people aboard.
Officials said that 12 bodies had been recovered, 11 of whom were foreign tourists and the final one was a tour guide. Britons were among the dead, they said.
The tourists were from Britain, America, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Sweden.
Ngo Van Hung, director of the Halong Bay Management Department, said there were 20 foreign tourists, six crew members and the tour guide aboard when the boat went down.
Vu Van Thin, chief administrator of Quang Ninh province, said those rescued reported seeing a plank of the wooden live-aboard ship ripping away, followed by gushing water inundating the boat and quickly pulling it down.