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Three friends filmed kissing before being swept to their deaths by a flash flood “were only two meters from safety but didn’t want to wade through chest-deep water”.

Three young friends who were seen kissing before being swept to their deaths during a flash flood in Italy were just “just meters from safety”, rescuers have revealed.

Heartbreaking footage published on X showed Patrizia Cormos, 20, her friend Bianca Doros, 23, and her boyfriend Cristian Molnar, 25, standing thigh-deep in a churning river.

They were last seen alive on Friday while walking along the Natisone River in Udine, Friuli region.

But the water rose to dangerous levels after days of heavy rain and the group found themselves stranded on a small shingle island in the middle of the river, huddling together to try to stop themselves from being carried away.

Rescue workers told Italian broadcaster Telefriuli that the three young people, all believed to be dead, were just meters from the safety of the river bank.

One of them said: “Only a stretch of water of a few meters separated them from the bank, from the bottom to chest height at most. They did not want to wade and retreated to the center of the river bed.

Three friends filmed kissing before being swept to their deaths by a flash flood “were only two meters from safety but didn’t want to wade through chest-deep water”.

This is the tragic moment three friends were seen kissing seconds before being swept away during a flash flood in Italy.

Photo dares Patrizia Cormos, 20, Cristian Molnar, 25, and his girlfriend Bianca Doros, 23

The rescuer added that they “had the opportunity to escape and save themselves”, but were “in panic”.

The mayor of the neighboring town of Premariacco revealed that there was a firefighter just seven meters from the group, who could do nothing to rescue them.

Udinehe provincial fire chief Giorgio Basile told the Telegraph he threw a rope at them in a desperate attempt to save the group.

But tragically, they were “engulfed by floodwaters” as he looked at them and he saw them “disappear”.

Today, two bodies, believed to be those of Ms. Cormos and Ms. Doros, were discovered 1 km from the location. The search continues for Mr Molnar, with firefighters vowing: “We won’t stop until we find the third missing person.”

One of the women called the police urgently on Friday at 1:35 p.m. and firefighters quickly arrived.

A firefighter told them to hug each other from a nearby bridge and they huddled together for stability.

One firefighter told terrified friends: “Stay together, come together, hug each other.” »

But he is later heard saying in horror: “Oh no, oh my god.”

They were last seen alive on Friday while walking along the Natisone river in Udine.

They were last seen alive on Friday while walking along the Natisone river in Udine.

Unfortunately, they were unable to hang on and were carried away before the eyes of horrified emergency services.

The friends had driven to Premariacco beach, near Udine, and walked to the river.

Ms Doros was originally from Romania and was visiting family in Italy when the tragedy occurred with her boyfriend, also Romanian.

Ms Cormos, who was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Udine, had asked her mother if she could go on a trip after completing an exam.

Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera quoted her as saying she had asked her daughter “not to go because she was tired.”

But she responded by saying they were “just going to hang out and take some pictures.”

“Come on mom, don’t be angry,” she said.

Rescuers have been using drones, boats and divers to search the river since Friday.

A municipal police officer helps a woman cross a road after part of the city was flooded following persistent rain, in Milan, Italy, last month.

A municipal police officer helps a woman cross a road after part of the city was flooded following persistent rain, in Milan, Italy, last month.

Firefighters use a boat to evacuate people after part of Milan was flooded on May 15

Firefighters use a boat to evacuate people after part of Milan was flooded on May 15

The handbag of one of the women was found, containing the mobile phone that had made the emergency SOS call.

Michele De Sabata, local mayor, expressed his condolences for the three young friends stuck in an “unpredictable situation”.

He said locals know only too well how the river can “change quickly” and that “the three kids arrived when the weather was nice, they couldn’t have known what was going to happen.”

“It only took a few minutes,” he said.

In recent weeks, storms and heavy rains have left many parts of northern Italy underwater.

Emergency services used rubber boats to rescue people from their homes and many cars were abandoned on the roads.

The governor of the Veneto region described the weather as a “water bomb”.

In the popular tourist town of Milan, the city was flooded after two rivers overflowed, causing major disruption to travel services.

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