Three children drown

2011-09-30 00:00

A TODDLER and two teenagers drowned in two incidents on the South Coast yesterday.

In the first, a three-year-old boy and his two-year-old brother were playing near a pool when the older child drowned.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Widd said the toddler drowned in the pool of a neighbouring holiday home. “The children’s aunt is caretaker for the holiday home, but she was not in the house at that time.”

The mother was busy inside her house when the pair wandered off. “The mother thought that the children were playing outside, but they had made their way next door through a passage.”

Although the gate to the holiday house was locked, the toddlers gained access to pool area from the passage.

“The younger child returned home, and after being asked he told his mother that his bother was playing with water.”

The mother assumed that the child was playing outside her house with water. “When the aunt arrived a couple hours later she found the child floating in the pool.”

An inquest docket has been opened.

In the second incident two matric boys drowned at the Dekroon farm dam in the Kokstad area.

The teenagers were out on the dam in a boat when they got into difficulty.

One of the boys fell overboard and got entangled in reeds at the bottom of the damn.

The other boy jumped into the water to save him but also got into difficulty, and both boys drowned. They were from Matatiele and visiting in the area.

Wiid urged parents and the public to be cautious in and around water during the hot season.

“We generally see an increase in drownings during this time. Parents must be extra vigilant of children when they are in or near water.”

On January 10 another toddler, 18-month-old Llewellyn Swanepoel, drowned in a swimming pool at her home.

On December 22 last year a young male drowned in Donnybrook dam.

In the biggest downing tragedy on the South Coast last year, three sisters in Mbili family — aged three, seven and 17— drowned in St Michael’s lagoon after capsizing a paddle boat on November 13.

witness@feveronline.co,za

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