Schoolgirls die in Vietnam boat sinking: official

There were seven girls on board the bamboo boat. None of whom were able to swim. Locals could rescue only one.

Hanoi: Six schoolgirls drowned, when their bamboo boat capsized as they tried to pick flowers from floating water hyacinth plants on a branch of Hanoi`s Red River, according to a health official.

The classmates, all aged 12, had rowed out towards the middle of the tributary in a suburban area north of the capital when the accident happened on Friday, the local medical worker told a news agency, declining to be named.

"There were seven girls on board. Local residents could rescue only one after some other kids, who were bathing closer to shore shouted for help," she said. None of the girls, who died were able to swim.

A joint funeral was held the same day for all six girls, the medical worker added.

Bureau Report

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