Two people drowned, two others were hospitalized, and a child remains unaccounted for after swimming at a beach full of strong waves in Phu Quoc Island City off Kien Giang Province in southern Vietnam on Sunday afternoon.
Rescuers were still looking for the nine-year-old child as of 8:00 pm on the same day.
The child had gone with six other people to Dat Do beach in An Thoi Ward, Phu Quoc City prior to the incident.
Although some locals had warned the group of seven beachgoers of the strong currents there, five of them, including the child, still went swimming.
As the five swimmers were swept away, the two people remaining ashore cried for help.
It took a while before local people managed to bring four of the victims out of the water.
One of them died on the beach while three others were taken to hospital.
At 7:30 pm on the same day, one of the hospitalized people passed away.
Meanwhile, the child remained missing at that time.
The group of seven people in question hailed from the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and were temporarily living in An Thoi Ward, according to the ward’s chairman Phan Quoc Thoi.