Destroyed French navy boat found in Vietnam

7th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

HANOI, May 7 (AFP) - Part of a French navy boat that was sunk by Vietnamese guerrillas in 1952 has been salvaged from a river bed and brought ashore, a local official said Friday.

HANOI, May 7 (AFP) - Part of a French navy boat that was sunk by Vietnamese guerrillas in 1952 has been salvaged from a river bed and brought ashore, a local official said Friday.

The official from Vi Thanh town in the southern Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang said the vessel was discovered on Sunday while the Xa No River was being dredged.

"We only found part of the boat's stern measuring seven metres in length, four metres wide and two metres high. It weighs around three tonnes," he said Friday.

"According to our records, a torpedo team in Batallion 410 used explosives to sink the vessel on Dec 20, 1952 during a battle in which Vietnamese forces killed 400 French soldiers."

The official, who requested anonymity, said the salvaged section of the boat would be put on public display.

Vietnam on Friday celebrated the 50th anniversary of its victory at Dien Bien Phu, the epic battle that precipitated the crumbling of France's colonial empire in Indochina.


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