Two Vietnamese fall to death in South Korea

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Two Vietnamese men died on October 23 after falling from a motel in South Korea while attempting to dodge a police crackdown on illegal gambling.

Pham Quang Tuyen, First Secretary at the Vietnamese Embassy in South Korea, told Thanh Nien the embassy had received the announcement about the two deaths from local police.

The two men are Le Cong Thang and Tran Van Hung, the police said.

On October 23, local police raided the motel in Gwangju Metropolitan City, the capital of South Jeolla Province, following a tip that Vietnamese often gambled at the motel, according to The Korea Times.

Police found 27 Vietnamese nationals gambling in a room on the fourth floor. Three Vietnamese attempted to hide themselves on the veranda, but they fell as the steel railing became dislodged, police said.

The men were transferred to a hospital, but two of them - Thang and Hung - were pronounced dead. The third man, whose name was not revealed, is in critical condition.

The police confiscated some $4.8 million in gambling winnings (US$4,180) and apprehended the 24 other gamblers.

Including the three who were hurt, 17 of 27 Vietnamese nationals were found to have overstayed their visas.

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