Posted on December 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Several divers got injured when they got trapped in a collapsed container, while working at the wreck site of the containership VIETSUN INTEGRITY.
The incident occurred during the morning of December the 11th while the divers were working on removing the containers from the Long Tau River, which have been posing a navigational hazard to passing ships for almost two months.
Initially, two of the divers working at the site started suffocating, and a team of three other divers were dispatched to help them.
According to initial reports, the incident might have occurred when the divers opened one of the containers, releasing toxic gas into the surrounding area.
Unfortunately, the three divers that rushed to the rescue of the original diving team got trapped under a collapsing container.
Thankfully, the two divers who initially experienced suffocation, were later successfully rescued and hospitalized, albeit in critical condition.
Unfortunately, however, the rescue diving team still remains missing.
All 5 divers belong to Pacific Ocean Services Co. Ltd.
The Vietsun Integrity originally sunk on October the 19th while transporting 285 containers from Ho Chi Minh City to Hai through the Long Tau river.