Two people drowned in a stream in Lam Dong Province on Monday after they tried to save one of their friends who fell into the cold water.
Rescuers retrieved the three bodies soon later. The victims have been identified as Nguyen Manh Hoang, a 33-year-old doctor from Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thuy Trang, 21, and Nong Thi Thu Thao, 18.
The incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. when the trio, together with two others, were visiting Suoi Vang (Golden Stream), one of the most famous tourist sites some 20 kilometers from the resort town Da Lat.
When the group was taking pictures, Trang slipped and fell into the stream. Thao, Cuong and his girlfriend jumped down trying to save her, even though they reportedly did not know how to swim.
They all struggled in the water. Cuong managed to save his girlfriend -- Trang's 19-year-old sister Nguyen Thi Thuy Ngan, before drowning.
According to the rescuers, the stream is about 10 meters deep with cold water.
The large section of the stream where the incident happened has been dubbed "the deadly site."
In 2013, three tourists also drowned here.
Su Thanh Hoai, a local official, said there is one or two drowning cases every year at the site, a scenic place. He said the mossy rocks are also slippery.
“We will set up warning sites here and consider building fences around dangerous sections,” he said.