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Construction worker drowns in Umkomaas

2011-01-20 17:38

Johannesburg - A 32-year-old construction worker drowned in the Umkomaas River after he and two colleagues decided to take a swim before work on Thursday, Kwazulu-Natal paramedics said.

The men parked next to the river in Umkomaas town and ate their breakfast before entering the water, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said in a statement.

One man waded in too deep and disappeared under the water.

Paramedics arrived but could not find him, and called the police search and rescue unit.

The man's body was eventually recovered by divers.