Tragedy struck a family from Arizona this past weekend as two 18-month-old twins drowned in a canal while their mother was trying to fight off a bee.
According to CNN, Silas and Eli Keslar were in their stroller and on a walk with their mother Alexis Keslar on Friday morning. They were walking along a canal in Yuma, Arizona, when a bee began to fly around her, and she tried to fend it off.
It was then that the unthinkable happened.
“The stroller rolled away from her into the canal, with the boys belted in the seat,” police said Monday.
Once Keslar realized that the stroller had rolled away from her, she rushed down to the canal and jumped into it in an attempt to save her sons. Unfortunately, the depth of the water, the very strong current, and the steep sides of the canal hampered her from getting to them.
The current of the water in the canal ended up washing the stroller, with the twins strapped into it, away.
Keslar got out of the canal after not being able to rescue her boys, got out of the canal and called for help. It was then that the irrigation district managing the canal was able to slow the flow of water and reduce the water level.
Emergency crews were then able to get into the canal and begin searching for the stroller with the twins in it. After about an hour of searching, the twins were found and flown to a hospital. Shortly after, they were both pronounced dead.
“No parent should ever have to lose a child, you know, let alone both of them at the same time,” family friend Marlene Gleim said “That’s what really, really is heartbreaking to me, because those little boys were, you know, meant so much to so many people.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up by the grandmother of the twins. Donations can be made and cards can also be sent to an address listed.
Police have said that there are paths along the Yuma canal which are often used by those on bicycles, joggers, and people taking walks. It has been revealed that they can be treacherous at times, though.
“Many people typically do not comprehend how swift the current in these canals are and how deep the water can be,” Yuma police said. “They also do not realize how difficult it is to climb back up many of the canal embankments.”
No comments have come directly from the Keslar family.
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