Officials disciplined after boat party results in death

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Two chief prosecutors in the southern province of Long An on Monday were disciplined for attending an infamous party which ended with the death of a woman last month, Tuoi Tre reported.

In the report published Tuesday, the newspaper said the committee of the Party unit in Can Giuoc District asked Nguyen Kim Doan, chief of the district's People's Procuracy and his subordinate Nguyen Huong Giang to review their actions that day.

According to the committee's leaders, while the officials didn't initiate the party on August 20, which involved a dozen people, including five women, it was their mistake to not refuse to attend it upon knowing that among the women were two waitresses from a local karaoke bar.

The committee made the move soon after Long An Province police announced that Dinh Thi Kim Phuong's drowning, which occured after she fell into the Vam Co River from the barge where the party was being held, was accidental.

Police said they found no signs of criminal activity and that their were no major confrontations among the partygoers, the newspaper reported.

Because the accident happened while others were bathing away from the barge, no one could save the 20-year-old woman, police added.

Phuong's mother Nguyen Thi Kim Khue had earlier told the newspaper that she doubted the death of her daughter was an accident while she was bathing, as her body was found wearing stockings, as well as a mobile phone and a watch that her friend, who had been bathing in the river, asked her to keep.

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