Girl, 9, dies after she and twin sister fall into river near where two boys had drowned

| 13.08,19. 02:26 PM |

Girl, 9, dies after she and twin sister fall into river near where two boys had drowned

Photo: Authorities are investigating whether the girls tripped or slipped into the water. (ABC News: Sofie Wainwright)

A 9-year-old twin girl has drowned in the Ross River in Townsville near where two brothers, aged three and five died in February.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles said a group of children was playing at Ross River Park when the twin girls from Congo went into the water just after 4:00pm yesterday.

"We now know at this stage that neither of those girls were very apt at swimming and as a result members of the public and family went into the water to assist them," he said.

"One child was able to be removed from the water however, sadly, a second child went under the water and wasn't unable to be located for another 30 minutes."

Paramedics and Townsville Hospital staff were unable to revive the girl.

Senior Sergeant Miles said the girl's mother wasn't at the park, and arrived after the incident.

He said charges would not be laid as there were no issues of negligence.

"There was no suggestion or assertion that they should have been in the water and clearly there were strict instructions that they weren't to be near the water," Mr Miles said.

"There were some older siblings that were there. The circumstances regarding who was supposed to be there is still subject to our investigation.

"What we know is there was supposed to be a number of other individuals present and there seems to be a lack of communication of who was where at particular times."

Police said the group of children was a mixture of friends and relatives aged 9 to 14 at the park by themselves.

Senior Sergeant Miles said authorities were investigating whether the girls tripped or slipped into the water.

"It would appear that they were in close proximity to the edge and have possibly fallen into the water," he said.

"It appears to be unfortunate circumstances which has resulted in the children going into the water and one of them passing away."


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