Trapped boy shocks everyone

2014-05-21 00:00

AN eight-year-old Durban boy spent hours trapped in frigid water inside a water reservoir on Sunday night after a playful jaunt went awry.

Police divers who had been preparing to search the reservoir in KwaMakutha’s Section 1 for the body of an eight-year-old boy thought to have drowned, were shocked when he emerged from the crowd of onlookers who had gathered at the scene on Monday morning.

The child, who remains unidentified, was reported missing after having gone swimming in the elevated water reservoir.

He spent most of the night in frigid water, trapped in complete darkness inside the water tank.

It is understood that he was accompanied by a five-year-old girl when he climbed the tower to take a dip.

When the boy didn’t emerge from the tank the girl returned home and informed her mother, who raised the alarm with police.

A police source, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, said that while divers readied to search the tank, the boy’s mother emerged from the crowd with the child.

“We think that he got disoriented inside the tank in the dark and was unable to find the ladder until much later. He climbed out and returned home to his mother.

“Obviously it is a frustrating waste of resources but worth the sigh of relief that the boy is alive,” he added.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that Search and Rescue Unit divers had responded to the scene, but were unable to dive in the tank because of an active water pump that they were unable to turn off.

“When police returned the next morning and were getting ready to search the reservoir, they found that the boy had not drowned and was fine,” he said.

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