Four children die in Canada after being swept away by river tide

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Four children died after being swept away by the tide while fishing on a riverbank in Canada’s Quebec province, police said Saturday.

“According to preliminary information, a group of eleven people were fishing for capelin on foot along the shore when they were caught by the tide,” the Surete Du Quebec provincial police force told AFP.

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The mishap unfolded along the St. Lawrence River near Portneuf-sur-Ner, a municipality northeast of Quebec City.

Six of the people were rescued, while five others were missing overnight when authorities were called Friday into Saturday.

A few hours later, four minors over the age of 10 were found unconscious and taken to hospital, where “their deaths were confirmed by a doctor,” the police said.

A search effort including divers and helicopters was ongoing for a man in his thirties who remained missing.

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