5 boys found buried in possible cave collapse in central Vietnam

By Le Phong, Thanh Nien News

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Police in Dak Lak Province investigate the site where the bodies of five teenage boys were found buried March 13. Photo by Le Phong

Police in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak Thursday found the bodies of five teenage boys buried under a sandy riverbank, suggesting that a cave they had entered had collapsed on them.
The bodies were decomposing when found around 50 centimeters below the surface by the Krong Bong River, 500 meters from the nearest house.
Huynh Bai, vice chairman of Krong Bong District, was quoted by Voice of Vietnam radio as saying that the boys had possibly been swimming in the river when they came upon a sandy cave on shore, which collapsed.
Police began the search after local fishermen spotted clothes on the river bank and an arm in the sand.
Their schools had said they failed to show up for three days since Tuesday.
The victims have been identified as Vang Quang Vinh, 17 and Ly Seo Phong, 13, from a local secondary school, and Ly Seo Hung, 18, Giang Van Bang, 18, and Ma Van Binh, 19, from a local high school.
No injuries were found on their bodies.
Tran Quoc, head of the Krong Bong District education department, said all five belonged to the H’Mong ethic group and had been renting accommodation in the area to attend school since their homes were far away.
The police have informed the boys' families and are investigating further.

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