Boys die playing in storm drain

BRIDIE JABOUR
Last updated 12:20 03/07/2012

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Two young Queensland boys were killed last night when a drain collapsed on them, after they had spent months building a cubby house at the site, according to neighbours.

The alarm was raised in Ayr when the boys, aged 14 and 12, failed to return home and the collapsed drain was discovered on a private property.

Firefighters dug the boys out and paramedics performed CPR on them at the scene but they both died in Ayr Hospital.

Various neighbours said they had often seen the boys playing near the drain and they had been building a cubby house-type structure.

Shirley Kapeechkin said she walked past the site every day and knew something awful had happened when she saw a stream of ambulances last night.

''Apparently a father came home and his son wasn't there and it was dark so he went looking for him and they found them collapsed under a cubby house they had made,'' she said.

''I didn't actually see what they were building because it was in a big gully.

''... We know a lot of the boys around here and ... you love to see kids getting out of the house and doing things like this but you don't want this to happen.''

Another neighbour said she had noticed the boys were building a cubby and would often see the pair riding their bikes on a track they had made on the property too.

The mayor of Ayr Bill Lowis's wife, Patricia, said the couple had been at home last night when they found out the awful news through a phone call.

''It's a very, very, very sad day for the community,'' she said.

''Any loss of life is terrible, especially when children are involved.''

Police are investigating.

- Brisbane Times

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