Three young men died and one was hospitalized after being swept away by waves while swimming at Thong Nhat Beach in Dien Ban Town, located in the central province of Quang Nam, on Sunday afternoon.
Local authorities handed over the bodies of the three victims to their family for funeral services on the evening of the same day.
The group of four started to go swimming in Dien Ban at around 5:30 pm on Sunday, according to Dien Ban chairman Tran Uc.
A short while later, officers at the Dien Duong border guard station and local people near Thong Nhat Beach heard their cries for help.
|Border guard officers take the testimony of witnesses to a drowning incident at Thong Nhat Beach in Dien Ban Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 5, 2020. Photo: B. D. / Tuoi Tre|
Due to strong waves, rescuers only managed to take the four men out of the ocean after a long struggle.
The men were identified as Phan Van Huan, 21, Vo Sang, 21, Phan Phung Anh Khoa, 18, and Nguyen Phu Hung, 20.
|People stand near a donation box put up for financial support to the families of the victims in a drowning incident at Thong Nhat Beach in Dien Ban Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, July 5, 2020. Photo: B. D. / Tuoi Tre|
The former three were dead upon being brought ashore while Hung has been taken to a local hospital for treatment.
After the incident, many people, border guard officers, and local authorities donated to financially support the victims’ families.