Video: Twin toddlers drown while mom attacked by bees

(CNN) Two 18-month-old twins drowned after their mother tried to fend off a bee and let go of their stroller, which rolled into a canal, Arizona police said.

Alexis Keslar was walking with her twin sons, Silas and Eli Keslar, along a canal in Yuma on Friday when she tried to repel a bee, police in Yuma said.

“The stroller rolled away from her into the canal, with the boys belted in the seat,” police said Monday.

Keslar went into the canal and tried to rescue her sons, authorities said, but was hampered by the steep sides of the canal, the depth of the water and the force of the current. The current washed the stroller away.

After Keslar got out of the canal, she called for help, police said.

The irrigation district that manages the canal slowed the flow of water and reduced the water level to help emergency workers find the boys, authorities said.

After more than an hour of searching, the toddlers were found and flown to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.