Four teenagers drown off Cam Ranh beach

By Xuan Ngoc   April 18, 2021 | 11:41 pm PT
Four teenagers drown off Cam Ranh beach
People stand on the Long Beach in Cam Ranh Town, Khanh Hoa Province, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Hoai Thuong.
Four eighth-grade boys have been confirmed dead after being swept away by strong currents in Cam Ranh in central Vietnam on Sunday.

A group of eight students had gone to the Long Beach, around 10 kilometers from their school in Khanh Hoa Province.

Four of them jumped into the sea when a wave swept them away. The rest of the group spotted the incident and quickly called for help.

Local residents managed to drag two of the four victims ashore and transfer them to hospital, where they died.

Several hours later, the body of another student was found, around 10 meters from the beach.

On Monday morning, local authorities retrieved the body of the fourth victim.

Le Ngoc Thach, vice chairman of Cam Ranh Town, said local authorities have installed signs along the beach warning about strong waves and rip-currents, and recommended schools not to let their students swim in the area.

Child drownings are not uncommon in Vietnam, with the WHO estimating 11,000 such deaths occur per year.

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