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Three Alberta sisters suffocated by grain while playing on family farm

  • Catie Bott, 13, and 11-year-old twin sisters Dara and Jana Bott died after being smothered in canola seed while on their family's farm
  • Police said sisters were playing on a back of a truck loaded with the grain on family's farm in Withrow, Alberta in Canada and were buried under it
  • Catie and one of her sisters were pronounced dead at the scene while their sister died in hospital on Wednesday morning
  • Their parents, Roger and Bonita Bott, said their 'kids died living life on the farm' and requested for privacy at this time of grief

By Myriah Towner For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:02 EST, 14 October 2015 | Updated: 20:50 EST, 14 October 2015

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Three young sisters have tragically died after being smothered in canola seed on their family's farm.

Catie Bott, 13, and 11-year-old twin sisters Dara and Jana Bott of Withrow, Alberta in Canada suffocated after being buried under canola while playing on a grain truck loaded with the seed on Tuesday evening, police said.

The girls were pulled out by adults who were at the farm and despite emergency responders' efforts to perform CPR on them, two of the sisters were pronounced dead at the scene while a third sister died in hospital, CTV News reported.

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Catie Bott, 13, and 11-year-old twin sisters Dara and Jana Bott (pictured with their parents and brother) of Withrow, Alberta in Canada suffocated after being buried under canola while playing on a grain truck loaded with the seed on Tuesday evening, police said

Catie Bott, 13, and 11-year-old twin sisters Dara and Jana Bott (pictured with their parents and brother) of Withrow, Alberta in Canada suffocated after being buried under canola while playing on a grain truck loaded with the seed on Tuesday evening, police said

'Our kids died living life on the farm, it is a family farm,' the girls' parents Roger and Bonita Bott said in a statement on Wednesday.

'We do not regret raising and involving our kids... it was our life.'

'Thank you for all of the overwhelming support we have received from the first responders, neighbours and friends,' the statement continued. 

'We would ask the media to respect our privacy at this time of grief.'

Authorities said the incident happened around 6.15pm when the girl's were playing on a truck loaded with canola and were buried under the grain which caused them to suffocate. 

'The girls were with their parents, and while the truck was being unloaded they somehow fell into the canola seed,' Ivan Dijkstra, deputy fire chief with Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Service, told CBC News.

He added that the seed is a 'very small grain' and that if it gets into your lungs it stops the oxygen transfer.

Emergency responders tried to resuscitate the girls for two hours, however Catie and one of the twin sisters died at the scene, according to CBC News.

Authorities said the incident happened around 6.15pm when the girl's were playing on a truck loaded with canola on the family's farm and were buried under the grain which caused them to suffocate

Authorities said the incident happened around 6.15pm when the girl's were playing on a truck loaded with canola on the family's farm and were buried under the grain which caused them to suffocate

The third sister was airlifted in critical condition to Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. She passed away on Wednesday morning, police said.

Roger Bott's cousin, Fred Bott, who spent time on the family's farm while growing up in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, described the family as a 'tightly-knit group' who was well-established in the local farming community.

He told CBC News that 'there's just no words that you can say' following the tragedy. 

Family friend Pastor Brian Allan of Withrow Gospel Mission, where the girls were involved in the youth and children's groups, said he was with the family on Tuesday night as they tried to cope with their loss. 

The incident is being investigated by the Rocky Mountain House RCMP.

'Any situation of this magnitude is a tragedy on all levels,' Stuart Brideaux, from Alberta Health Services, told CTV News. 

'This will be impactful for the community and every first responder that attended.'

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