Authorities have confirmed that two British boys drowned while swimming in a lake near Germany.
Their parents reported the brothers, who were seven and nine years old, missing from a designated swimming area at Eiserbach lake, south of Aachen.
Bild reports that emergency services were called around 6pm on Thursday, according to German newspapers.
They were joined by members of the German Lifesavers Association and the Technical Relief Agency (THW).
Rescuers were able rescue the children from the water, and they were taken to Aachen and Cologne hospitals. However, the children later died.
Aachen prosecutors stated that they are investigating whether the deaths occurred due to negligence.
RP Online was told by a spokesperson that they don’t pay attention to anyone in particular. They just do their job.
She added that the results of the investigation were not expected until the middle of next week.
Bernd Goffart, the mayor of Simmerath told the German Press Agency that it was “really dramatic.”
“I am aware of many helpers who are ill today. The images are too vivid to be able to get out of your head.
“Many people helped to search for the child and provided first aid to the child. We are grateful to you both and the emergency service.