Brother and sister drown during game to see who could swim farthest


A brother and sister in Britain drowned during a game to see who could swim the farthest out from shore — an incident ruled a “tragic accident” in an inquest this week, according to new reports.

Malika Shamas, 14, was swimming near Clacton Pier in Essex last Aug. 8, when she got to a point that she was still able to stand up, but panicked, the BBC reported.

Her brother Haider Shamas, 18, and two cousins rushed to her aid, but it was too late.

Malika was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, and her brother died two days later of pneumonia, brain damage and drowning.

The siblings could both swim, the inquest heard, but they had been competing with their cousins to go deeper and deeper into the sea, The Mirror reported.

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