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6 children drown while skating on river in China

Updated Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 | 7:59 p.m.

BEIJING (AP) — A local government in northern China says six children have drowned while skating on a river.

The children aged 5 to 11 were skating together Saturday afternoon near a village in Pingyao county in Shanxi province.

After residents alerted police, rescuers were sent to the scene. About an hour later, they pulled four bodies. It took another 1 ½ hour to find the bodies of the remaining two children.

The county government statement says an investigation is ongoing. Calls to the authority and police rang unanswered Sunday.