Search for 6 dam victims continues

2011-02-21 12:30
East London - The search continued for six people, including a 7-year old child, who disappeared after a boat capsized in a dam in Dimbaza near King William's Town, an Eastern Cape disaster management team said on Monday.

"Divers and search and rescue members are still in the water looking for the bodies," said spokesperson John Fobian.

"The visibility is zero down there... they're using their hands to feel around in between tree stumps and lots of other debris."

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

Four adults and a seven-year old child, who are all family members, are presumed to have drowned, Fobian said.

A 14-year old boy, not related to the family on the boat, also drowned when he swam from the shore and tried to rescue the victims.

"The boat, a four-metre-long river boat with a petrol engine, took on water and capsized while the family were riding around on the dam.

"We hope to find some bodies by this evening," he said.

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