The Hon Phu Tu (Father-and-Son
rocks), an interesting rock structure near the Chong
Tourism Island in Kien Giang province abruptly collapsed
in the middle of the night Wednesday.
one was injured in the incident as the mammoth rock
formation broke apart about 100km offshore in waters
near Ha Tien in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang,
300km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City.
The collapse reportedly took place around 4am Wednesday,
with the rock structure splitting in two and crashing
into the sea, said Nguyen Van Thuan, captain of a local
The two collapsed fragments weighed approximately 1000
tons, Thuan added.
Relevant authorities immediately rushed to the scene
to find the cause of collapse.
Experts initially attributed heavy rains and strong
winds, coupled with tidal wave during the recent days
to the collapse of the rocks.
Work is still underway to find other causes of this
unprecedented accident, local officials said.
The provincial administration also petitioned to the
Vietnam Ministry of Culture and Information in request
for instructions aimed at saving the collapsed national
At present, they asked for dispatches of experienced
experts to help retrieve the two separate fragments
that had fallen down to the sea.
From the stuff of legends, long ago, local fishermen
were said to be attacked by a flesh-eating sea monster
in the waters near Ha Tien.
A fisherman decided to save the life of others by rubbing
poison on his body and sacrificing himself to the monster,
hoping it would perish.
The fisherman’s plan worked, the monster was later found
When the son of the fisherman saw the body of his father,
he embraced his pitiful father and burst into tears,
dying from exposure to the poison.
After the father and the son died, the two rocks appeared
right in the place they had met their fate, giving rise
to the name – Father-and-Son rocks.