A man died Saturday in an effort to rescue his child from drowning while his family was swimming at a southern Vietnamese beach after they gave drought relief.
The man, identified as Ha Giang, saw his child being pulled seaward and immediately swam to grasp him, according to Nguyen Dat, the leader of a group of which Giang was a member.
While they were moving toward the shore, large waves swept them away, prompting surrounding people to come to their assistance.
Unfortunately, only the child was saved as the 44-year-old father got caught in a strong current.
He received first aid and taken to the hospital but died later the same day, Dat said.
The tragic incident unfolded while Giang, his wife and child were swimming at Bai Tran Beach near Mui Dinh Lighthouse in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan, after they had joined the group’s effort of providing money and presents to local residents adversely affected by an ongoing drought, Dat said.