Girl, 11, drowns in reservoir and best friend, 10, fights for life after one jumped in to save the other at party

AN 11-year-old girl drowned in a reservoir and her 10-year-old friend is fighting for life after one leapt in to save the other at a birthday party.

Cops say one of the youngsters fell into the water at the Trasona reservoir in Asturias, northern Spain, and the other dived in to try and save her.

Both were fished out of the reservoir by a retired police officer who was canoeing and tried to revive them until the emergency services arrived.

The two girls were enjoying a birthday party when they went to the water’s edge and one of them slipped in.

The other girl then jumped in but also got into difficulties.

Both girls are of Romanian nationality and live in Spain, one in Oviedo and the other in Pravia.

They were rushed to the Central University Hospital of Asturias where the eleven-year-old died.

The younger girl is in the children’s ICU in a serious condition.

The girls were with their parents in the recreation area next to the reservoir when they went missing at about 8.30pm.

It was thought they had gone to cool off in the water just yards away but didn’t realise the banks, hidden from view, were slippery.

Police had to help several relatives who suffered severe shock.

Only four days before, a fisherman – also of Romanian origin – died in the same area of the reservoir after wading in to retrieve his fishing rod.