Twin brothers, 13, found dead in pond after going for a dip to cool off

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Twin brothers have been found dead in a fenced-off pond after taking their animals out to graze in the hot afternoon sun.

After finishing school, Mehmet Aydin Gencturk and Aziz Salih Gencturk, both 13, took their animals out to graze in the area of Nirli in the western Turkish province of Manisa on May 18.

When the boys failed to return home at the expected time of 4.30pm, their parents immediately contacted the police to report them as missing.

Meanwhile, a group of passersby noticed clothes by the side of a pond belonging to the Forestry Operations Directorate that was enclosed by a wire fence. Finding the scene suspicious, they notified the police.

The twin brothers who were found dead in a pond. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
The twin brothers went for a swim after finishing school but never returned home. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Police officers, diving teams of the Turgutlu Gendarmerie Command, and paramedics were sent to the scene.

The authorities drained the water in the pond with vacuum trucks while divers entered the water to look for the missing twins.

Divers found the boys dead in the water and transferred their bodies to the Turgutlu State Hospital morgue.

It is believed they went into the pond to cool off from the afternoon sun and the authorities do not currently suspect foul play.

The twins, who had a five-year-old sibling, were buried next to each other in the local cemetery by their parents Ibrahim and Yasemin Gencturk the following day.

The clothes of the twin brothers next to the pond. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

It comes after a four-year-old child drowned in a public swimming pool because all the Muslim lifeguards had left to perform Friday prayers.

The tragic death took place at Taman Herbal Insani park, located in Bojongsari district, Depok, West Java, Indonesia, on May 6.

The young victim, identified solely by their initials, M. I., had gone to the park with their family to enjoy a swim.


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