Four students drown during beach outing

FOUR students drowned while swimming off a beach in central Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam News Agency reported.

The victims, part of a larger student group from a local school in Khanh Hoa’s Cam Ranh city, went to the beach for a swim on Sunday afternoon.

They were swept away by strong waves and drowned in deep water, the news agency cited local authorities as saying. Bodies of the victims were found yesterday morning.

The report said drownings occur every year in the area, so the locality has put up warning signs.

An average of 2,000 children in Vietnam drown every year, making it the leading cause of death for children in the country, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. — Xinhua

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