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Two boys, 11, drown in Adelaide beach tragedy

Adelaide: The New Year has started tragically in Adelaide, with two 11-year-old boys drowning at a popular local beach.

Two boys drown at Adelaide beach

Two 11-year-old boys have drowned at a beach in Adelaide on New Year's Day. (Vision courtesy ABC News 24).

The incident occurred about 6pm on New Year's Day when emergency crews and lifesavers responded to a call that children were in difficulty near the Glenelg jetty.

Three children were pulled from the water, but two remained missing, according to a South Australia Police statement.

Glenelg beach and its jetty – one of Adelaide's most popular swimming spots.
Glenelg beach and its jetty – one of Adelaide's most popular swimming spots.  Photo: Morne de Klerk

The two 11-year-old boys, friends from Adelaide's northern suburbs, were found unresponsive shortly afterward.

Ambulance crews tried to revive them, but one of the boys died at the scene.

The second boy was taken to the Women's and Children's Hospital in a critical condition, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Witnesses said a group of children had been playing on rocks before they disappeared.

A man walking a dog almost 100m away reportedly found one of the boys.

AAP