Vietnam police blame human error in boat sinking

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Vietnamese police said Sunday that human error was to blame for the sinking of a tour boat in Ha Long Bay that killed 12 sleeping passengers. The vessel's captain and a crew member have been arrested.

A provincial police spokesman in Vietnam says a valve that allows water to come into the boat to cool the engine was left open while the vessel was anchored for the night. The engine was turned off, preventing a pump from running to push the water out.

Eleven foreign tourists from nine countries were among those who drowned when the boat went down in the scenic bay last week. Two of those who died were from the U.S.: Holly Michelle Pyle, 25, of Georgia, and Samantha Kay Taylor, 22, of Virginia.

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