Two students of an elementary school in a province on the south-central coast of Vietnam were found dead by drowning on Saturday, local authorities confirmed.
The victims were the two 5th graders Vo Thi Kim Truc and Bui Thi Le Na, both 11, studying at Nghi Duc 1 Elementary School, located in Tanh Linh District, Binh Thuan Province, officials said.
Initial reports said that after rehearsing a dance performance for the upcoming Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration at school at 3:00 pm, Truc, Na, and their friends decided to hang out along the Nghi Duc stream.
While playing there, the two girls slipped and fell into the spiral currents that swept them away.
Hearing the scream and call for help from the friends of the two victims, people farming nearby immediately rushed to the stream, but the two girls were nowhere to be seen.
In the evening, their bodies were found, officials said.
About 3,500-4,000 children drown each year in Vietnam, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs said in a meeting in 2014.