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Sisters, their cousin drown when going for a swim in Vietnam

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 12:27 GMT+7
Sisters, their cousin drown when going for a swim in Vietnam
Authorities carry out procedures to transfer the bodies of those drowning to their families in Nghe An Province, north-central Vietnam, April 30, 2019. Photo: D.Thuy / Tuoi Tre

Two sisters and their cousin drowned when they went for a swim in a river in north-central Vietnam on Monday.

Rescuers found three bodies on Tuesday in Thai Hoa Town, Nghe An Province.

One of the bodies, 11-year-old T.V.L., was retrieved from the Hieu River in Thai Hoa at 8:40 am on Tuesday, Dinh The Vinh, deputy chairman of the Thai Hoa People’s Committee, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The other two, eight-year-old P.T.M. and 13-year-old T.K.L., had been found at 5:15 am and 7:30 am in the same river.

X. and L. were sisters and they were M.’s cousins.

Five children went for a swim in the Hieu River in Long Son Ward, Thai Hoa at 3:00 pm on Monday.

Three of them went missing so the others dashed home for help.

Their relatives failed to find them for the whole night, with help from over 100 police officers, soldiers, militiamen, and locals.

Local authorities have visited and offered support to their families.

Vietnam recorded around 2,000 child drownings in 2018, according to the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs.

Currently, swimming is not a compulsory subject in many schools in the Southeast Asian country.

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