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Waterspout capsizes boats off Khanh Hoa coast

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – A waterspout nearly 1,000 meters high appeared off the coast of Khanh Hoa Province in central Vietnam, capsizing several fishing boats, local authorities reported today, May 23.

The waterspout emerged around 500 meters from the shore, moving quickly and lasting for about 3-4 minutes, according to fishermen in the area.

Tran Trung Thong, deputy chairman of Van Hung Commune in Van Ninh District, confirmed the event, which occurred at around 3:30 p.m. yesterday, May 22. The waterspout struck while the tide was receding, causing significant turbulence but fortunately no injuries.

Residents described seeing dark clouds and strong winds preceding the waterspout. Witnesses reported a tall column of water and air rapidly forming and moving across the sea, damaging boats in its path. Some vessels experienced severe damage, with water flooding engine rooms, and smaller boats being displaced.

This marks the second recorded occurrence of a waterspout in the area in two years. The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting noted recent rains and southwest winds in Khanh Hoa. Thunderstorms in the region could produce tornadoes, lightning, hail, and strong winds, posing risks to coastal areas.

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