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A Canadian tourist drowned in An Bang Beach in Hoi An ancient town Wednesday, local authorities have confirmed.

Frederic Kebirou, 59, went for a swim in An Bang at around 9 a.m., but was swept away by the waves, deputy chairman Nguyen Van Quang of the Cam An Ward People’s Committee in the central Vietnam town said Thursday.

An Bnag Beach Hoi An
An Bnag Beach Hoi An

“At the time of drowing, waves were about normal for this time of year and there was no need for an extra warning for tourists” Nguyen Van Quang told Travel Off Path in an email statement. 

A search was immediately launched for the missing man but it was already too late.

Locals discovered the floating body of Mr. Frederic Kebirou shorly after the search began. 

Kebirou’s body is being kept at a local hospital’s morgue, awaiting his family from Canada.

In two separate incidents last year, a Swedish man drowned in central Binh Thuan Province’s Ham Tien Beach in December, while another Russian man drowned in a prohibited beach in Mui Ne in September.

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The well preserved ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO cultural heritage site, is among the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam drawting millions of visitors per year to the tiny town. 

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