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Three children drown while swimming in central Vietnam river

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 14:42 GMT+7
Three children drown while swimming in central Vietnam river
Cua Dai Bridge, which crosses the Tra Khuc River in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, is seen in a file photo. Photo: T.M. / Tuoi Tre

A swimming excursion turned fatal for three middle school students who were swimming in a river near Cua Dai Bridge in the central province of Quang Ngai on Monday evening.

The incident happened at 6:00 pm Monday, when a group of six students of Vo Bam Middle School in Tinh Khe Commune went to bathe in the Tra Khuc River at the foot of the Cua Dai Bridge and slid into a deep sinkhole, according to Pham Tan Hoang, chairman of Quang Ngai City, the capital of Quang Ngai Province,

Three of the students managed to swim to shore and alerted local residents, who came to rescue and rush the rest to the hospital where doctors declared them dead on the evening of the same day.

The victims were identified as Dang Minh Nhat, 13, Le Quang Thach, 13, and Nguyen Thanh Dat, 15, who all hailed from Truong Dinh Village, Tinh Khe Commune, Quang Ngai City.

Officials from the People’s Committee of Quang Ngai City have visited the victims’ families to express their condolences.

In Vietnam, more than ten children drown each day while the drowning mortality rate per 100,000 population in 2017 was 7.2, according to a World Health Organization fact sheet.

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