5 Jan 2015

Two drown after being swept off CNMI Island

7:17 pm on 5 January 2015

A 6-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy have drowned in the waters off Forbidden Island in the Northern Marianas in a failed rescue attempt.

The Department of Public Safety says the girl and her 8-year-old sister were swept off the shore by strong currents on Friday.

Their father and brother jumped into the water to try and save them, but only the father and 8-year-old girl survived.

In March 2007, four Korean students also drowned after hiking by the reef line of the island and being carried out to sea.