Five 12-year-old children, including three girls, drowned in a small lake in Bac Giang Province in northern Vietnam Monday, authorities said.
They were identified as Nguyen Van Minh, Nguyen Van Thanh, Pham Hong Ngat, Nguyen Thi Tuoi and Pham Thi Oanh.
According to the authorities, six children were herding water buffaloes near the lake in Hung Dao village when two of them decided to take a bath at around 5 p.m.
When the two fell into the lake and could not swim, three others jumped in to try and save them, but they drowned too.
The other child ran back to the village to call for help, but by the time people reached the lake it was too late.
An average of nine children drown every day in Vietnam while swimming is not adequately taught in schools.