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Three seventh graders drown in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh

Three seventh graders drown in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh

Sunday, March 26, 2023, 15:38 GMT+7
Three seventh graders drown in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh
Rescuers and locals search for the drowning victims. Photo: H.A. / Tuoi Tre

Three beach-goers who were in grade seventh drowned in Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam after strong waves swept them away on Saturday.

The body of one of the three was already found, while the others remain missing.

Nguyen Hai Ly, secretary of the Party Committee in Thach Hai Commune, Thach Ha District, confirmed the drownings to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on the same day.

At 2:00 pm on the day, a group of 10 students ventured into the beach in Thach Hai Commune for sea bathing.

Three of them were swept away by strong waves and went missing.

After one hour of rescue efforts by locals and competent forces, the body of a female student was found nearly 200 meters from the drowning site.

The two others were identified as male students who lived in Dong Mon Commune in Ha Tinh City.

The rescue team continues to search for the bodies of the two remaining victims.

Ha Tinh Province’s statistics showed that the province recorded 35 teenagers dying by drowning in 2021.

The province reported 18 drowning deaths in children in 2022.

In the year to date, Ha Tinh has witnessed six deaths by drowning.

Drowning is one of the 10 leading causes of unintentional death in children aged 5-14 in Vietnam.

Some 2,000 children under 16 in the country drown each year.

Due to such a shocking figure, the country aims to lower the annual drowning death toll by 20 percent.

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Tieu Bac - Le Minh / Tuoi Tre News


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