An 8-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother are dead after they were swept away Sunday in a California river closed to recreational users because of high water levels, authorities said.
The siblings were with their mother and her friend at Kings River, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. They entered the water about a mile from the Pine Flat Dam, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“The group was trying to make their way out to a specific rock to climb on when the current carried the kids away,” the sheriff’s office said. “Neither were wearing life jackets.”
The children were swept downstream shortly before 2 p.m., according to the statement.
The 8-year-old girl was found less than an hour into the search, near where she had gotten in the water. The 4-year-old was found Monday morning almost 2 miles downstream from where he went in the water Sunday, the sheriff’s office said.
The children’s names have not been released.