© BarcroftThe site of the accident in China where six children lost their lives
Six children have died in a skating accident after they broke through the ice on a frozen river.

The children, aged between five and 11, fell into the Huiji River in Pingyao county, China, on Saturday afternoon.

They had been skating on a thin section of ice when it collapsed underneath them.

Police were called to the incident at 5pm and an hour later four of the children were found and the remaining two were discovered at roughly 7.30pm.

Five of the children were cousins and the sixth was a neighbour's child, an officer told the South China Morning Post.

All of the children were taken to hospital but none survived.

A video which captured the dramatic operation to recover the children has also emerged, showing a rescue worker diving into the water within a rubber tube.