Students drown throughout river clean-up in Indonesia’s West Java

Some 150 college students, aged from 13 to 15, have been taking part in a river clean-up when 21 of them slipped into the water.

Eleven college students drowned and 10 others have been rescued throughout a faculty outing for a river clean-up in Indonesia’s West Java province.

Local officers mentioned on Saturday that 150 college students, aged 13 to 15, have been taking part within the clean-up alongside the banks of the Cileueur river when 21 of them slipped into the water.

“The weather was good and there was no flash flood,” mentioned Deden Ridwansyah, chief of the Bandung Search and Rescue Office. “Those children who drowned were holding each others’ hands. One of them slipped and the others followed.”

Residents and a rescue crew managed to avoid wasting 10 of the scholars, who have been despatched to a close-by hospital.

All victims have been discovered and the search ended on Friday evening.

Relatives of scholars, who drowned whereas taking part in a trekking exercise of a scout group alongside the Cileuleur river, go away the morgue of a regional hospital in Ciamis on Friday [Darra /AFP]

The college students apparently weren’t sporting flotation units.

Some reviews mentioned they have been attempting to cross the river, which is common for rafting and interior tubing, after they fell in.

Rescuers used huge orange inflatable rafts to seek for victims.

Rains trigger frequent landslides and flash floods in Indonesia, the place tens of millions of individuals stay in mountainous areas or near flood plains.

River trekking is banned for youngsters and youngsters through the wet season, which begins in late November.

In February final yr, 10 scouts died after they have been swept away by a flash flood that additionally left nearly two dozen injured.