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POLICE UPDATE | 9 Y O Drowns In Ross River, Twin Survives

UPDATE | Police have revealed that the girl who drowned in the Ross River at Aitkenvale was not 'apt at swimming'.

The girl, of African descent, entered the water with her twin sister, also not a strong swimmer.

One child was removed from the water but her sister disappeared under the surface.  

Police said the children in the group were aged nine to 14.  There was no adult supervision.  

Police speculate that the twins may have slipped and fallen into the river, but they can't be certain.  

A mix up in communication meant the twin girls entered the water despite instructions from the adults for them not to be near the water.  

The mother of the drowning victim was not riverside at the time, but arrived after her daughter was found.  

Passersby tried to help and dialled Triple Zero.  

Police also said it is believed the children regularly played at the park near the river before the tragedy.  

EARLIER | Police are preparing to provide an update on the drowning death of a little girl in the Ross River on Monday.  

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles, Officer in Charge Child Abuse and Sexual Crimes will front the media at 8:00AM.

It comes after a nine-year-old girl had to be dragged from the water at Aitkenvale at around 4:30PM.  

She died in hospital.

It comes after two little boys drowned in the Ross River back in February, following the flood disaster.  

The bodies of Jhulio Sariago, 3, and Barak Austral, 5, were pulled from the river following a community-led search.

Their mother was later charged with manslaughter and is still before the courts.  

EARLIER | A nine-year-old girl has lost her fight for life after being dragged from the Ross River on Monday. 

Emergency crews were called to Aitkenvale at around 4:30PM. 

The girl was rushed to Townsville Hospital but she has since passed away. 

Child Protection Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant David Miles told News Corp another child who was swimming as part of a group raised the alarm. 

A report will be prepared for the coroner.