Three mid-school ethnic minority students aged between 13 and 15 drowned Wednesday in a flooded river in the central province of Quang Nam.
Poloong Nhon, Dinh Van Chi, Dinh Ngoc Bang and two other students of the Kim Dong Secondary School, belonging to the Cotu ethnic minority, are believed to have gone fishing Wednesday afternoon on the banks of the Vang River in the mountainous district of Dong Giang.
The boys decided to swam across the river to fish on the opposite bank.
Nhon, Chi and Bang weakened by the time they got to the middle of the swift-flowing current and drowned, while the other two managed to make it ashore.
Rescuers later recovered the bodies of Nhon and Bang and are still looking for Chi.
According to the surviving boys, heavy rains in previous days had raised water levels in the river, making it difficult to cross.
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs at the 2011 World Conference on Drowning Prevention in the coastal city of Da Nang last May, more than 6,000 children drown in Vietnam every year.