Two Dutch tourists drowned as they ignored safety warning to swim in dangerous conditions at a popular beach in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue, local authorities confirmed on Monday.
The deceased, Dirk Wapstra and Amoldus Crnelis Joannes Goedhart, were among a group of 21 foreign tourists of different nationalities who stopped at the Lang Co Ecotourism Resort by the province’s Lang Co beach on Sunday.
The tourists were on a tour to several destinations across central Vietnam.
Upon their arrival, the hotel warned them that it was at that time unsafe to swim at the beach due to strong currents.
However, Wapstra , Goedhart and some other visitors in the group still decided to go swimming at the beach at around 11:15 am on Sunday.
After a while, the fellow tourists noticed Wapstra and Goedhart showing sign of drowning and immediately shouted for help.
Goedhart was rushed to shore but he could not make it, while Wapstra was washed away by strong currents, with his body retrieved later the same day by local fishermen, according to Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper.