6 children drown while skating on China river

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Sunday, February 23, 2014


BEIJING -- Six children drowned while skating on a river in a rural area of northern China, a local government said Sunday.

The children, aged 5 to 11, were skating together Saturday afternoon near a village in Pingyao county in Shanxi province, the county government said on its official microblog.

After residents alerted police that children had fallen in, rescuers were sent to the scene. About an hour later, they pulled out four bodies. It took divers another one hour and 30 minutes to find the bodies of the remaining two children.

The county government statement said an investigation is ongoing. (AP)

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