|Many children play in or around water, as there is a lack of playgrounds for them, leading to a higher incidence of drowning deaths. — VNS Photo Phước Bửu|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN - HUẾ — Three children drowned this morning when they fell into a small river, where they were fishing, in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế.
Five children, all cousins and part of a family living in the province’s Phú Dương Commune, went fishing in the local Phổ Lợi river in front of their grandfather’s house. One of them fell into the river, and the other four jumped in to rescue him.
The children were unable to stay afloat. Nguyễn Hữu Lộc, 42, came to assist and saved two of them: Nguyễn Minh Tú, 12, and Nguyễn Thị Châu Anh, 7.
The fatalities included two siblings, residents of the adjacent Quảng Trị province. Before the rescuer Lộc had arrived at the scene, scores of women had witnessed the children calling for help but were unable to swim.
Lộc said that section of the river was calm but was still some 4-5m deep. “I managed to save two of them before becoming exhausted,” he said.
This case closely follows the deaths of two children on board a riverboat for tourists that sank in Đà Nẵng, alarming the public over the risk of their children drowning. Experts have called for urgent training in swimming and survival skills for children, instead of stressful academic training. — VNS