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A seven-year-old boy and his father died in hospital after being rescued from the Rhine. This was announced by a spokesman for the Bonn police early Tuesday morning. The child and the 36-year-old had gone down on Monday while bathing in the Rhine. According to the fire brigade, the child had been rescued from the water after an hour by rescue workers, the father after 40 more minutes.
Bornheim - Previously, the seven-year-old and a four-year-old child had bathed in the water in the Bornheim district of Hersel. According to the information, the two non-swimmers were in distress, whereupon their father - also a non-swimmer - jumped after them to save them. The four-year-old child made it back to the shore on his own, but the older sibling and father went under. Relatives called the emergency call from the shore.
A large contingent of 170 rescue workers from the fire brigade, the German Life Saving Society (DLRG) and the water rescue service as well as rescue workers from the air had searched for the two. The relatives on the shore had to be cared for after the incident. Dpa