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Five college students drowned in east China

(Xinhua)

08:05, May 07, 2012

HEFEI, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Five college students were drowned Sunday in the Yangtze River in east China's Anhui Province, local authorities said.

A total of 10 students from a few colleges in the city of Tongling played beside the Yangze River Sunday morning, and seven of them went into the water for a swim, a spokesman with the city's emergency response office said.

But they appeared to be not good at swimming and cried for help. Local police and maritime safety personnel were called to save the students, the spokesman said.

Five students, including two boys and three girls, were drowned and two were rescued, he said.

A survivor is still in hospital for treatment, he said.

Local authorities are further looking into the accident, he added.

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