Swedish tourist drowns in Vietnam southern beach town

By Nguyen Long, Thanh Nien News

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A Swedish man drowned in the southern beach town Vung Tau on Monday evening after he was caught in a rip current and could not be saved by CPR.
Sjogard Peter Larks Niklas, 43, was among a group of 10 tourists from the northern city of Hai Phong. They went for a swim right after arrival at nearly 6 p.m. Monday.
Local media cited Vung Tau Police as saying that two Swedish and two Vietnamese were caught in the rip current. They were all rescued and the others survived.
The victim's body has been transferred to the neighboring Ho Chi Minh City the same night.
Local tourism management experts have warned about rip currents – fast-flowing rough water caused by a meeting of currents – in Vung Tau, where more than 60 people have drowned since 2010 and hundreds of others were rescued in last year alone.
There are flags warning beachgoers about potential dangerous areas along the coast.
A local doctor said tourists should rest after a long journey before they go swimming.

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