Two French sisters have drowned in a hotel pool on the Greek island of Rhodes, police have confirmed.

The girls – who were 17 and 20 years old – were found unconscious in the water at a holiday complex on the island.

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Both were taken to hospital, where their deaths were confirmed.

Officials have said the circumstances of Wednesday evening’s incident are being investigated – and a hotel manager and lifeguard have been questioned.

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The pair had been on holiday with their parents and two younger sisters since 28 July.

According to Greek media reports, their parents have told police that the girls could not swim – and one may have drowned while trying to save the other.

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A lifeguard was not on duty at the time of the incident.

Greece’s minister for tourism, Harry Theoharis, has contacted the French embassy to offer the government’s condolences.

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