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Divers recover bodies of 2 boys who fell in canal

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Posted: Jan 01, 2012 9:40 PM
Divers recover bodies of 2 boys who fell in canal

Arizona authorities say they've recovered the bodies of two boys from an 11-foot-deep irrigation canal.

Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Elias Johnson says an 8-year-old special needs child apparently fell in the canal in Maricopa Sunday afternoon and his two brothers, ages 9 and 11, slid down the canal's steep embankment while trying to save him.

Johnson says the boys didn't know how to swim. He says the 9-year-old was able to make it out of the canal and ran home to get help.

Divers found the boys Sunday evening near where they had slipped into the water. Police had originally thought they had washed several hundred yards downstream to a grate.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com