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Two brothers, 8 and 10, drown in strong rip current off Grand Isle

Two others airlifted to New Orleans hospitals
Drowning
Posted at 1:48 PM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 14:54:04-04

Two brothers were killed when they were pulled underwater by a strong undertow and swept away by a rip current while swimming off of Grand Isle Friday evening, WWL-TV reports.

The 8- and 10-year old brothers were caught in the current around 7:40 p.m. as they were swimming in the Gulf with their 12-year-old cousin.

Grand Isle Police Chief Laine Landry told WWL-TV that the brothers both drowned and the 12-year-old girl was airlifted to University Medical Center in New Orleans. She is expected to make a full recovery.

"The mother's boyfriend went out to save them, and he was taken under as well," Landry said.

The boyfriend remained in critical condition Saturday morning at West Jefferson Hospital. All the victims are from Houma, police said.

A 17-year-old boy from Hammond drowned in Grand Isle over Memorial Day Weekend.

Read more from WWL here.

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