Three teenagers drowned while swimming in a reservoir in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak Thursday afternoon.
The victims were Nguyen Thi Thanh and Nguyen Thi Hong Nhung, both 13, and Le Thi Nhung, 14, students of Ngo Quyen Junior High School in Cu M’gar District.
The tragic accident occurred at around 4 p.m. when the three along with two other friends gathered to swim in the reservoir near Thanh’s house.
They cried for help when they began to drown in a deep spot.
Thanh’s sister, Nguyen Thi Thuy, used a stick to pull two Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh and Nguyen Thi Thao Nguyen to shore.
The police arrived soon and found the three bodies.
The World Health Organization has reported that drowning is the leading cause of death in Vietnam among children aged five to 14.
The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has said the number of children drowning in Vietnam is 10 times higher than in other developing countries.
The country experiences an average of 3,500-4,000 drowning deaths annually.
In a country with 3,260 kilometers of coast, innumerable rivers, canals and ponds, the government has failed to make swimming lessons part of the school curriculum.