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Boy, 3, found holding hand of sister, 9, at bottom of lake after she and three relatives died trying to save him

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Boy, 3, found holding hand of sister, 9, at bottom of lake after she and three relatives died trying to save him

A three-year-old boy who drowned was found still holding hands with his oldest sister after they were pulled from the bottom of a lake along with three other family members who tried to save him.

 

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The five family members died at Derinoz Dam near the city of Amasya in Turkey.

 

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The family was there to celebrate victim Levent Cenik’s third birthday when the tragic incident happened.

 

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Boy, 3, found holding hand of sister, 9, at bottom of lake after she and three relatives died trying to save him

The little boy with his dad Beytullah

 

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According to local media, the boy fell into the water followed by his nine-year-old sister, Havvanur Cenik, while other relatives also jumped in the lake to try to rescue them.

 

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Boy, 3, found holding hand of sister, 9, at bottom of lake after she and three relatives died trying to save him

 

A total of five people died during the birthday party including the boy’s grandmother Sultan, 50, uncle Emrullah, 19, and aunt Elif Semiz, 28, who all drowned while trying to help.

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Search and rescue teams were dispatched to the area after the incident was reported to the authorities by bystanders.

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According to the rescuers, the lifeless bodies of Levent and Havvanur were found still holding hands.

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Boy, 3, found holding hand of sister, 9, at bottom of lake after she and three relatives died trying to save him

 

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Amasya Fire Brigade director Selim Keles said: ”We found Elif Semiz three metres from the place where the incident took place, and the grandmother, Sultan Cenik, at the point towards the dam walls.

 

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Boy, 3, found holding hand of sister, 9, at bottom of lake after she and three relatives died trying to save him

Elif Semiz and Sultan Cenik

 

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”After a while, the children were found at a depth of 10 metres. Two of the children were side by side and were taken out holding hands.

 

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“We experienced this incident and we are devastated as a team. We found the uncle about six meters away.”

 

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Boy, 3, found holding hand of sister, 9, at bottom of lake after she and three relatives died trying to save him

Uncle Emrullah

 

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The children’s grieving parents, father Beytullah Cenik and mother Gullu Cenik, were inconsolable during the family funeral the following day, Haberler reported.

 

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Boy, 3, found holding hand of sister, 9, at bottom of lake after she and three relatives died trying to save him

Levent’s dad Beytullah was inconsolable during the family funeral

 

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The five bodies were buried in the family cemetery after a prayer service.

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