According to the ABC, Two 11-year-old boys have died after being pulled from Adelaide’s Glenelg Beach on Friday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to a call in which a group of five children were in difficulty in the water just north of Glenelg jetty.  The incident occurred around 6pm.

Three children were rescued initially by the emergency crews, with the two other children pulled from the water unresponsive a short time late.

One boy died at the scene.

The other boy was taken to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital with ambulance crews performing CPR in hopes to revive him.  The boy died on arrival.

A witness on the beach at the time, Tyson Sutton, told the ABC that a helicopter was called in to join the search for the missing children:

“I think they got taken in a rip,” he said.  “I just tried to run over there but with all the lifeguards and stuff there wasn’t much we could do really.

Tyson explained further:

“The helicopter was out in a couple of seconds and the lifeboats and everyone was out.  It could have been our own kids, it could have been anyone’s kids.”

Both deceased boys were friends from Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

The three other children do not have any serious injuries.

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  • Poor kids, thoughts go out to the families.


  • What horrible, tragic news. My heart goes out to the families that have lost their little angels.


  • My sincere thoughts and blessings are with the family’s, for these boys will be dearly missed.


  • Terribly sad for their families! RIP boys.


  • how sad. those other kids…..poor things. i think that it will be incredibly tough for all involved.


  • So very sad. Even as an adult I don’t feel safe in the surf. I always swim in the ocean baths – no rips, or jellyfish, blue bottles etc.


  • So sad. I cant imagine how the parents would feel. Horrible horrible tragedy.


  • My understanding from the report I heard was the boys were swimming between the flags which means the area should have been checked before the flags were put up.


  • Such a terrible tragedy


  • Such a terrible incident! Open water is inherently dangerous. How tragic.


  • Devastating news. How do parents manage after a loss like this?

    • Hopefully with lots of support and counselling.


  • What a tragic loss. Thought are with their family and friends.


  • Such sad tragic news to hear, may they rest in peace.

    • Indeed and may their families get support with their grief.


  • I read it this morning. So sad. Poor kids! :-(


  • This is so very sad. Thoughts and prayers for the friends and families of these two young people. I was holidaying by the river recently and it was really nice to see many people and their children wearing life jackets.


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