Six teenagers drown in US

August 4th, 2010 - 11:01 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 4 (DPA) Six teenagers trying to cool off in the hot, humid summer of the Deep South drowned in a swimming accident on a river in Louisiana.
The youths, ages 13 to 18 and all from two families, died in the Red River near Shreveport in north-western Louisiana Tuesday.

The tragedy started when a group of seven youths were playing in the river, and one boy struggled in deep water. The other teenagers tried to go to his aid, only to find themselves in trouble.

Only a seventh, a 15-year-old boy, survived from the group, none of whom could swim. He survived because an adult on the riverbank spotted him, threw out a flotation vest and pulled him to safety.

The dead were three brothers from one family, plus a girl from another family and her two brothers.

The two families had gone to picnic and play in the water. The parents were present but also could not swim, rescue workers told a local television station.

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