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Search continues for two children believed to have drowned in Danube tributary

Rescue units are searching for two children, both aged 12, who are believed to have drowned in the Malý Dunaj (Little Danube) river, a tributary of the Danube River, in the village of Jelka in Trnava Region on Wednesday, June 19.

Rescue units are searching for two children, both aged 12, who are believed to have drowned in the Malý Dunaj (Little Danube) river, a tributary of the Danube River, in the village of Jelka in Trnava Region on Wednesday, June 19.

"The alleged tragedy is being reported by children who were bathing in the river along with the missing children and were also drowning before being rescued by a rafting enthusiast group who, however, didn't succeed in pulling the two children, a girl and a boy, out of the water," spokesperson for the Regional Headquarters of the Fire and Rescue Brigade (HaZZ) in Trnava, Marian Hruška, told the TASR newswire. He added that the two missing children are locals of Jelka. Professional divers from Bratislava assisted firefighters in their search for the children.

The Little Danube is 128 kilometres long.

The SITA newswire reported recently that divers, accompanied by a specially trained dog checked two sites on Wednesday evening along the Little Danube behind Jelka, where it was believed that the bodies of the missing children might be found. However, the divers did not manage to find them due to poor visibility and muddy water. The search for the children will thus continue, SITA wrote. Head of the Special Canine Rescue Service Alexander Berek said that the dog they are using has a 100-pecent success rate in finding drowned bodies.

(Source: TASR, SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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