Southern beach town puts up warning signs after drowning deaths

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Authorities in the southern town of Vung Tau will erect hundreds of signs warning beachgoers not to swim at night following a series of incidents in which swimmers were caught in dangerous rip currents, VnExpress reported.
The local government convened a meeting Tuesday to discuss measures to reduce the number of such mishaps in Vung Tau, where 23 people have drowned since 2014 and more than 550 others were rescued in last year alone.
In the latest case, on March 18, a married couple was found struggling in the water between Thuy Tien and Long Cung beaches. Local residents rushed to rescue them but only managed to pull the wife ashore.
The dead body of the husband was later recovered by fishers, who cast nets to find his body.
Four days earlier, a Swedish man drowned after he was caught in a rip current and could not be saved by CPR.
The Vung Tau government said it will soon put up the waning signs and deploy more lifeguards to the beaches around the clock.
Currently, guards work until 6 p.m. on most days, making it hard to monitor and help swimmers in the evening.

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