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9 Boys in Sixth-grade Class Drown in Central Vietnam

State media say rescuers have recovered the bodies of nine school children who drowned in a river in central Vietnam.

Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that the victims, all sixth-grade boys from the same class, drowned Friday after going for a swim in Tra Khuc river in central province of Quang Ngai.

A call seeking comment from provincial officials rang unanswered Friday.

Drownings are common in Vietnam, which has a comprehensive network of rivers and canals. Many children in the country are not taught how to swim.