Bodies Of 2 Brothers Recovered From Arizona Canal

By Salon Staff

Published January 2, 2012 1:18PM (EST)

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the bodies of two young brothers from the water of an irrigation canal 30 miles south of Phoenix.

Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Elias Johnson says a 6-year-old special needs child apparently fell into the canal in Maricopa Sunday afternoon and his two brothers, both age 10, slid down the steep embankment to save him.

Johnson says the boys didn't know how to swim. He says one 10-year-old was able to make it out of the canal and run home to get help, but the other 10-year-old drowned.

Divers found the boys Sunday evening near where they had slipped into the water. Police had originally thought they had washed several hundred yards downstream to a grate.

The names of the boys have not been released.

Salon Staff

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