6 drown after boat capsizes

2011-02-21 08:03
East London - Six people are missing after a boat capsized in a dam in Dimbaza near King William's Town in the Eastern Cape, the Daily Dispatch reported on Monday.

Four adults and a child, who are all family members, are presumed to have drowned, while the sixth person, a 14-year-old boy, also drowned when he tried to rescue the victims, the newspaper reported.

"We are not really sure what they were doing out on the dam or what led to the boat getting out of control," provincial disaster management spokesperson John Fobian said.

The accident occurred at about 13:40 on Sunday afternoon.

"We suspect they were just taking a recreational ride before their boat capsized."

The 14-year-old boy jumped into the water and swum towards the boat, but got into trouble about 20 metres into the water and drowned.

No bodies had been found by late on Sunday afternoon, according to the newspaper.

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