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TWO children died last night after becoming trapped in an Adelaide Hills water tank.

Ambulance officers worked in vain for 1 1/2 hours to resuscitate the children after they were found about 6pm.

The children are believed to have wandered away from a Mt Torrens property, where they were last seen by family members in the early evening.

A distressed man at the property last night told The Advertiser the deaths had been "a terrible, terrible accident".

Adelaide police said relatives were the last people to see the children, whose genders and ages were not available, but they would not say if family members had made the tragic discovery of the bodies.

"It's understood they wandered off and were found a short time later in a water tank," police spokesman Senior Sergeant James Tate said.

He said ambulance staff had been unable to revive the children. "They are now deceased," he said. "They will be conveyed to the Women's and Children's Hospital."

Police and emergency workers were last night meeting at Mt Torrens as they began to investigate exactly how the tragedy unfolded.

A post mortem examination of the bodies is to determine the exact cause of death.

The tragedy follows the drowning deaths of two young boys in Queensland in separate incidents last month.

On Sunday, March 5, a Greenacres woman, 35, and her daughter, 8, from Tennant Creek, died after being caught by the rising tide while on a sandbar 50m from the Semaphore shore in Adelaide.

Latest drowning statistics in SA show that 15 people lost their lives between mid-2004 and June last year.

The most recent drowning reported in Australia was that of a fisherman who died on Wednesday, May 8, after being swept from rocks on Victoria's Phillip Island.

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this is terrible. just saw news. the twin 2 years olds climbed a ladder and on to the tarp above the tank, the tarp split and children fell into tank. the parents are under sedation and the close community are in shock.i can only hope people learn from this and lot leave climbing device near water tanks.god speed.
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