The boys were said to have gone missing in Simmerath, near Aachen in North Rhine-Westphalia. A police spokesperson told local outlets this morning (Friday) that the brothers, aged 7 and 9, were reported missing by their parents on Thursday evening.
According to NTV, they had been swimming in Lake Rursee when they disappeared. The alarm was raised at around 6pm, German tabloid Bild reported.
Lifeguards and rescuers were sent to the scene, and the childrens’ “lifeless” bodies were said to be pulled from the water.
The boys were reportedly resuscitated at first, and subsequently flown to hospital in a helicopter.
However, sadly they later died that evening. Both were said to be tourists on holiday in the region.
The public prosecutor’s office is now said to be examining whether there is any suspicion of a criminal offence.
How the accident occurred is still yet to be understood by investigating officers, a police spokesperson told local outlets.
Thursday was said to be sunny in the area, with many people drawn to the water to cool off from 30-degree temperatures.
The police in North Rhine-Westphalia were contacted for comment.
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