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Search for boy carried by river tide called off

RESCUERS have called off their search for a 12-year-old local boy who went missing while swimming in a local river, leaving his desperate family clutching at straws.

The boy got into trouble when swimming in the Chuanyang River in the Pudong New Area on Sunday.

One of his friends was saved but the boy was carried away by the tide.

Two workers at a nearby construction site on Jinxiu Road said they heard calls for help about 11:30am.

They found an obese boy struggling in the river while three other boys were calling for help on the riverbank.

The two workers jumped into the river immediately and dragged the boy out.

When the boys revealed that another boy was missing, the workers were worried as they had not seen anyone else in the river.

They called the police. A rescue team consisting of police, firefighters and maritime authorities rushed to the site to find the boy but in vain.

Local hospital officials revealed that summer holidays are always the peak period when children suffer serious injuries due to accidents and urged parents to ensure their children's safety.

"Since July, our hospital has received 16 child patients severely sickened by accidents," said Xia Lin, of the Shanghai Children's Medical Center. "Six children were poisoned by adults' medicine or pesticide, three had brain injury due to fall, four were victims of traffic accidents and three children nearly drowned."


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