Baby drowned in southern high tide

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An 11-year-old was drowned Saturday last week after sliding into a hole during high tide in Ho Chi Minh City.

The boy was wading in front of his house in District 2 when he slipped into a hole 60 centimeters deep. The hole was dug by some adults who had taken the soil to build a dyke to prevent tide water from reaching their homes, news website VnExpress said Tuesday.

The boy's father said he let the baby play with the tide water but then found him lying near the hole.

The boy drowned for at least 15 minutes and he was killed by lack of oxygen to the brain, said doctors at HCMC Children's Hospital No.2.

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