Bodies Of 2 Brothers Recovered From Arizona Canal


Salon Staff
January 2, 2012 6:18PM (UTC)

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.

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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.

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