Two children drowned Saturday while swimming with their parents in a river in the northern province of Ha Nam, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
At around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Pham Van Ngoc and Lai Thi Dung of Thanh Thuy Commune, Thanh Liem District, took Pham Thi Thuy Trang, 7, and her brother Pham Van Hung, 5, to a river near their house to bathe.
Thirty minutes later, Dung returned home to cook dinner. Ngoc told the kids to keep bathing and swam to the other side to pick some guava fruits on shore.
When he returned, he did not see them. He shouted for help, and neighbors joined the search for the children.
After an hour they found Hung's body. Despite searching through the night they could not find Trang's body.
At around 6 a.m., people spotted her body floating some five kilometers from the site of the tragedy.