4 children drown after rowing boat overturns in KZN

2015-09-26 22:15

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Pietermaritzburg - The bodies of four children, among them two brothers, were recovered on Saturday after they drowned at the Mountain Park Dam.

KwaZulu Natal police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that nine children were on a rowing boat when it capsized on Friday afternoon.

Five of the children managed to swim to safety and four drowned, he said.

“Dive operations were hampered by thick water grass and were suspended at 19:40 [on Friday].

“The search resumed [on Saturday] morning and all four bodies were recovered.”

The boys were identified as Lumka Lukhozi, 10; Lusanda Zondi, 9; Philasande Bhengu, 13; and his brother Sanele Bhengu, 9.

KwaZulu Natal premier Senzo Mchunu said he was saddened by the incident.

 “It is the tragic loss and I can imagine that the pain of the parents and relatives is unbearable.

“I would like to make an appeal to parents and guardians to be very vigilant of where their children play as a precaution. Much as it remains difficult to be next to your child all the time, we need to exercise extreme caution in order to protect our children.”

Zwane said in a separate incident, a teenager drowned at Snake Park beach on Friday.

“Two children got into difficulty [in the surf]. A 9-year-old boy was rescued by lifeguards. A 15-year-old male was recovered from the sea [but could not be revived by paramedics].”

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