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11-year-old boy drowns while trying to save older brother in northern Idaho

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office says a mother and her two boys were swimming in the Morton Slough boat area on the Pend Oreille River when she could not find her 11-year-old and 17-year-old boys, who were inexperienced swimmers. (File Photo)

An 11-year-old Idaho boy has died after he tried to save his older brother who was struggling to stay afloat while swimming in a northern Idaho river.

The Bonner County Sheriff's Office says a mother and her two boys were swimming in the Morton Slough boat area on the Pend Oreille River Tuesday afternoon when she could not find her 11-year-old and 17-year-old boys, who were inexperienced swimmers.

The sheriff's office says the 17-year-old started having difficulty staying afloat and started to panic. The mother jumped in the water to help, but began going under herself by her son's struggles. She then swam to shore for help.

It was then, police say, where the 11-year-old tried to help his older brother in the water and started to struggle himself.

Folks nearby heard the cries for help and were able to locate the teen, but were unable to find the younger boy. After rescue crews performed CPR on the teen, they were finally able to get a pulse.

Divers found the 11-year-old's body in about six to seven feet of water. He died at the scene.

The 17-year-old boy, listed in critical condition, was flown to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene.

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