Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sverdlovsk boy drowns in Irbit River

Rescuers pulled an 11-year-old boy from the Irbit River in Russia's Sverdlovsk region this week after he drowned while swimming with his eight-year-old brother.

The younger brother did not go into the river, though he watched his brother dive into the water several times. After one dive, the older boy did not surface, prompting his younger sibling to run home, though he reportedly did not tell his parents what happened, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

The parents searched for their son until midnight, when police joined in the search. The body was found in the morning by rescue divers in the same place where he disappeared under the water.

A total of five people, including two children, have died in the Middle Urals during this swimming season this year. All of the deaths have occurred in areas where swimming is not permitted, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

"Compared to last year during the same period, 26 people drowned, including one child," the Sverdlovsk Ministry of Energy said, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports. "This is due to the fact that this year the first month of summer is colder than in the past."