Young girls swept into the sea

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Two  nine-year-old girls playing on slippery coastal rocks  near Kristiansund fell into the sea on Sunday. Both were found, but died later at the local hospital.

Hospital officials tried to resuscitate the girls, one of whom was believed to have been in the ice-cold water for around an hour, but gave up efforts late Sunday night.

The girls reportedly were playing on the large rocks, called svaberg, that slope into the sea at a park area at Karihola, north of the city on Norway’s northwest coast. The rocks were slippery and large waves were crashing in from the sea.

Search and rescue leader Ben Vikøren told news bureau NTB that the two girls “probably were hit by a wave while standing on the svaberg.” A third girl who was with them avoided being swept into the sea.

Police received their first report of the accident just before 7pm and a search was underway within 20 minutes. The first girl was found quickly and the second around a half-hour later. All three girls lived in the area and were in the same class at school, which was in mourning on Monday.

By Views and News staff