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Two arrested after two Brits, 13 & 15, are killed in parasailing accident & third teen fighting for life in Greece

TWO people have reportedly been arrested after two British teenagers died and a third was left fighting for his life following a horrific parasailing accident in Greece.

The three teens - believed to be twin brothers aged 15 and their 13-year-old sister - were being towed by a speedboat off Rhodes, Greece when a rope attached to their parachute snapped in strong winds yesterday.

The youngsters fell from an "extremely-high" altitude onto rocks near the holiday village of Lindos, in the south east of the island.

One brother and the sister were declared dead while the dead boy's twin brother is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Greek police were reported in the local media as having arrested the owner of the sea sport business and the speed boat captain. 

"They have been ordered to appear before a public prosecutor," one police source told Sun Online. 

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It is thought the pair will be questioned by the state prosecutor who may well level charges on Thursday

One source said: "It was a horrific accident. Three of them were all up in the sky at an extremely high altitude, around 400 to 500ft, when the rope attached to their parachute and the speedboat snapped.

"It clearly wasn't strong enough to be pulling all three of them at the same time.

"Strong winds carried them across the sky and moments later they smashed into a cliff-face on the beach.

"All of them were parasailing at the same time but it is illegal for three to be doing it at once."

Coastguards found the bodies of the brother and a sister on rocks near Cape Gina, it is reported.

They were declared dead at the State Hospital of Rhodes. 

It was a horrific accident. Three of them were all up in the sky at an extremely high altitude, around 400 to 500ft, when the rope attached to their parachute and the speedboat snapped

A source

The other brother was rushed to hospital after being found nearby by firefighters, and was reportedly put into a medically-induced coma after suffering multiple injuries.

The family of the three youngsters are holidaying in the area of ​​Pefki, according to Greek news website Ektaktanea.gr.

Greek media suggested that the owner violated sea sport regulations banning three people, or more, being towed by a boat at any one time. 

Gale force winds have also been blamed for the tragedy raising questions as to whether the young Brits should have been allowed to parasail in such stormy weather.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said: "We are supporting the family of two British people following their death in Rhodes, and are in contact with the Greek authorities."

A holidaymaker who saw the glider sprawled against rocks after the accident said: "Fire engines attended the scene but couldn’t actually get anywhere near the accident, due to the lack of roads round the mountainside."

The Greek coastguard today confirmed the two teens were found dead on the rocks after a brief search.

The third was found with serious injures in the same area. He was rushed to hospital where he is fighting for his life.

Sources said the speedboat's captain and co-captain were being quizzed by cops last night.

And the Greek business owner who runs the parasailing company is also being questioned.

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