Rescuers are cutting the shipwreck to search for the missing. (Source: VNA)

The bodies of two of the four missing sailors were found as of 8:30 am of November 1 after their ship sank on October 30 in the Soai Rap River near HCM City and Tien Giang province, according to local rescue officials.

As many as 50 rescuers and more than 20 vehicles were deployed from Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau province and the Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre Zone 3 for the work.

The same day, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Cong directly instructed the search and rescue work at the site. The search area has been expanded.

He also visited and presented gifts to a number of the victims’ relatives and infected sailors under treatment in Vung Tau city.

At roughly 9 am on October 30, the vessel Hoang Phuc 18 sunk in the Soai Rap River. There were 17 people onboard.

So far thirteen sailors have been rescued, and two others are still missing.-VNA