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One Boy Discharged from Hospital, Other Still on Ventilator

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One Boy Discharged from Hospital, Other Still on Ventilator

Reykdalsstífla

From the scene of the accident. The waterfall can be seen in the center. Photo: RÚV.

The older boy of the two who got stuck in the drain below the manmade waterfall of the dam Reykdalsstífla in Hafnarfjörður on Tuesday has been discharged from hospital. His younger brother is still being kept unconscious on a ventilator.

The boy will probably be kept in that condition for several days because his treatment takes time, ruv.is reports.

The boys were born in 2002 and 2005. According to the police, their mother and sister were the first to arrive at the scene of the accident, then a 16-year-old girl, a man in his twenties—who had to be taken to hospital too after attempting to save the boys—and a police officer arrived. The rescue operation was complicated because of the strong current.

The police are investigating the accident; the boys may have been trying to retrieve a ball which fell into the stream. The police say no one had realized that the drain could be so dangerous.

The reservoir above the dam has been emptied and local authorities intend to improve the conditions around the stream.

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