Divers searching for man after party boat sinks

2010-11-19 19:57

Johannesburg - Police divers were by 19:20 on Friday still searching for a man presumed to have drowned in a leisure boat accident in Witbank Dam, Mpumalanga police said.

"We have police divers out there looking for him, but are assessing the situation to see whether we should resume the search tomorrow morning. It's dark here," Captain Leonard Hlathi told Sapa.

The man was believed to have been on the double-decker leisure boat when it sank during a Christmas office party on Friday afternoon.

Two men, including the missing man, and four women drowned.

ER24 paramedic Vanessa Jackson said 21 people were celebrating on the double-decker leisure boat when it sank at Barham Bay, a resort on the dam.

"Bystanders and witnesses to the incident quickly entered the water and attempted to swim to the boat and help some of the injured to shore," Jackson said in a statement.

Fifteen people were able to make it to shore and sustained only minor injuries.

Hlathi said some fishermen rushed into the water to help. A short while after the boat sank, the bodies of two women were discovered.

Said Jackson: "Almost an hour after the initial incident, a further three people, two woman and a man, had been brought to the surface, and they too were sadly pronounced deceased."

It was not yet known what caused the boat to sink.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    accidents

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

6 reasons Boks won’t botch it
Fiji far too strong for Uruguay
Burger hopes for elusive World Cup win
As it happened: Fiji 47-15 Uruguay
Traffic Alerts

Relationships and significant connections may play an important role in your day today. Let the warmth of the Leo moon inspire you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.