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7 dead, 2 missing in drowning accidents in one day in Vietnam

7 dead, 2 missing in drowning accidents in one day in Vietnam

Monday, May 02, 2022, 12:10 GMT+7
7 dead, 2 missing in drowning accidents in one day in Vietnam
Rescuers search for four victims of a drowning case on the Dong Nai River in Binh Phuoc Province, Vietnam, May 1, 2022. Photo: B. A. / Tuoi Tre

At least seven young people died and two others remain unaccounted for following four separate drowning cases in Vietnam’s Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Dak Nong, and Binh Phuoc Provinces on Sunday.

One of the missing victims is N.B., a 24-year-old resident of Hoai Nhon Town in south-central Binh Dinh Province, town chairman Pham Truong said on Monday morning.

B. went with two neighbors, 16-year-old S. and 14-year-old K., to Tam Quan Bac beach for a swim on Sunday afternoon, according to Truong.

Big waves and eddy currents drowned the three of them.

Rescuers managed to recover the bodies of S. and K. later on the same afternoon while B. is unaccounted for.

Officials and B.’s family members were still searching for him as of Monday morning.

Truong added that many people like B.’s group swam at Tam Quan Bac beach, where dangerously eddy currents washed away sea embankments, although local authorities had installed warning signs there.

The other missing one is Duong, a 13-year-old resident of Phan Thiet City in south-central Binh Thuan Province.

Duong slipped and fell into So Muoi Canal while playing on So Muoi Bridge with friends on Sunday afternoon, according to local rescuers.

Both passers-by and rescuers, who arrived at the scene after receiving a report of the case, were unsuccessful in finding the teenager. The search effort continues.

Rescuers search for a victim of a drowning case on the Serepok River in Dak Nong Province, Vietnam, May 1, 2022. Photo: D. P. / Tuoi Tre

Rescuers search for a victim of a drowning case on the Serepok River in Dak Nong Province, Vietnam, May 1, 2022. Photo: D. P. / Tuoi Tre

In the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, rescuers were able to find the body of N.C.D. at 1:30 pm on Sunday and handed it over to his family after the 18-year-old had drowned while swimming with friends in the Serepok River at around 12:00 pm the same day.

In southern Binh Phuoc Province, three 17-year-olds, including Nguyen Minh H., Le Hong M., and Le Nguyen T., and 18-year-old Vo Duc Tr. drowned after they and about six other schoolmates went bathing in a shallow water area of the Dong Nai River on Sunday.

During their trip, H., M., T., Tr., and another student separated themselves from the group to go swimming in a deeper part of the river.

The five were swept into a whirlpool about five meters deep and then sank.

Passers-by managed to save only one student, whose name was not revealed, while the bodies of H., M., T., and Tr. were recovered by rescuers more than two hours later.

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