Drowning incident claims two lives
Makwasssie – The Makwassie police opened an inquest dockets after two boys drowned on Tuesday 11 February at around 11:00.
According to police spokesperson lieutenant colonel Amanda Funani, a construction site, outside Lebaleng Township in Makwassie, was flooded after heavy rains pounded the area.
Seven young boys, aged eight to 10, saw the filled-up waterhole and decided to go for a swim.
While they were swimming, two of the boys got trapped underneath the water.
“One of the other boys ran to call for help. He came across a police vehicle, stopped it and reported the incident. Police rushed to the scene and called the divers, who retrieved the two bodies,” Funani said.
The police would once more like to urge the community, especially parents and guardians, to sensitise children to not swim in dams, rivers, dongas or quarries. In most cases, the water is not clear and can therefore be very deep and dangerous.
Due to the heavy rains, most rivers have strong currents which may go undetected until it is too late. Furthermore, children should never swim without the supervision of an adult. Our thoughts are with their families during this difficult time.
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