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11 Indonesian Islamic scouts drown in river tragedy

Two more are in critical condition after the accident on the Cileuleur River in Bandung

AFP, Jakarta

AFP, Jakarta

Published: October 16, 2021 05:36 AM GMT

Updated: October 16, 2021 05:43 AM GMT

11 Indonesian Islamic scouts drown in river tragedy

Rescuers work to evacuate scouts after 11 died in the Cileuleur River on Oct. 15. (Photo: AFP)

Eleven students have drowned and two more are in critical condition after a trekking accident in Indonesia, an official said.

Some 150 members of an Islamic scouts group, aged from 13 to 15, were walking along the Cileuleur River when 21 are thought to have attempted to ford the water on Oct. 15.

Nearby locals managed to pull 10 to safety, said Supriono — who, like many Indonesians, only has one name — an official with Bandung's search and rescue team.

"Two students ... are in a critical condition in the hospital, while 11 were found dead," he told AFP.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident as well as working to ensure all on the trip have been accounted for.

The students were trekking and cleaning the riverbank despite official warnings from the national disaster mitigation agency.

River trekking is banned for children and teenagers during the rainy season, which starts in late November.

In February last year, 10 scouts died after they were swept away by a flash flood that also left nearly two dozen injured.

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