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Stuart McCormick died in Halong Bay, Vietnam, when a tourist boat sank

Stuart McCormick died in Halong Bay, Vietnam, when a tourist boat sank

Vietnamese workers try to hoist the sunken vessel out of the water at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Vietnamese workers try to hoist the sunken vessel out of the water at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Stuart McCormick died in Halong Bay, Vietnam, when a tourist boat sank

Vietnamese police said human error was to blame for the sinking of a tour boat in Ha Long Bay that killed a dozen sleeping passengers, including one Briton.

Stuart McCormick, 30, an engineer from Irvine in Ayrshire, died in the incident.

Quang Ninh provincial police spokesman Le Thanh Binh said the boat's captain and the crew member in charge of the engine have been arrested.

The initial police investigation showed that 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.

Binh said that by the time the captain and crew woke up to find the boat filled with water, it was too late.

It sank quickly early on Thursday.

PA