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live Two Bulgarian children drowned in an irrigation canal

01 August 2013 / 11:08:12  GRReporter
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The dead bodies of two Bulgarian children were found in an irrigation canal near the village of Strefi, in the Peloponnese. The victims were eight and four years old. Authorities were alerted about their disappearance on Wednesday afternoon, when the children left their home at 2:30 p.m. for their grandparent’s house in order to take them some meat. Shortly after three o'clock in the afternoon, the bag with the meat was found on the shore of the irrigation canal, but there was no trace of the children.

According to www.ilialive.gr Internet portal, the names of the young victims are Dinko, 4, and Ivan, 8. Their parents alerted the local police and fire-fighting service immediately. A search for the children began in which villagers also took part. Authorities stopped the flow of water in the irrigation canal, but by Wednesday evening its level was still not low enough to allow visibility. Investigators used a boat in order to explore the bottom of the canal, but there was still no result by 10 p.m.

On Thursday morning, local authorities found the bodies of the two children who apparently fell into the canal and were swept away by the stream. The victims were identified by the Special Emergency Response Unit.

Despite the speculations in some media that the death of the children may be due to intentional acts by a family member, Greek authorities said that it was an accident.

More information will be given after the complete autopsy on the two bodies, the on-line edition of Naftemboriki reported.

Tags: Crime news accident Ileia Bulgarian children
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