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7 members of 1 family drown while trying to save girl who was bathing in water reservoir at a cemetery

By Mason White 7:49 AM April 7, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Seven members of one family are dead after they tried to rescue a drowning girl at a cemetery during a ceremony to honor a deceased loved one, police in China said.

Guangdong Police said that the seven family members died during a hiking vacation when the 17-year-old girl drowned in a water reservoir and the family made an unsuccessful attempt to rescue her.

According to the police investigation, none of the family members were good swimmers, but they tried to rescue the girl on Sunday.

The girl and six of her relatives died, including her parents and their two children, aged 13 and 15. The girl fell into the water reservoir while bathing after a ceremony to honor a deceased relative at a cemetery.

Rescuers recovered all the bodies by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

City officials said that they will place danger signs at the water reservoir and have safety lessons in schools to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.