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2 Japanese teenagers found drowned in Australian lake

Two 16-year-old Japanese boys have been found dead in Australia's Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island after being reported missing while in Queensland state on a school homestay tour.
The boys' bodies were discovered by police divers on Saturday morning.
Inspector Tony Clowes of the Queensland Police said authorities will be interviewing witnesses to determine what happened at the popular tourist destination, described by the mayor as "a calm lake in the middle of an island."
"This is a tragic event, there is no doubt about that," Clowes told reporters, adding that there was always a risk when entering waterways. He said he did not know if the boys could swim.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour told the ABC the deaths had shocked the community.
"Lake McKenzie is the postcard-perfect image of Fraser Island — it's where all the tourists go," Seymour said. "It's really unimaginable how somebody, let alone two people, could drown there. It's a calm lake in the middle of an island ... whatever has happened is highly unusual."
The boys were not with their homestay families on the visit to Fraser Island when they were reported missing by their classmates and teachers at around 5 p.m. on Friday, Clowes said.
Lake McKenzie is 350 kilometers north of the Queensland capital Brisbane.


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