A happy Father’s Day as lost boy is safely returned to his family

2013-06-18 00:00

WHAT could have been a sad Father’s Day for Northdale resident Vincent Krishanduth turned to an emotional one, after he was re­united with his 11-year-old son, who had gone missing.

On Saturday at about 2 pm, Uriah Krishanduth (11) went cycling with friends in their Northdale neighbourhood. The boy was riding a friend’s bicycle on his own when he said that the brake cable snapped, leaving him without control of the bicycle. He rolled down a road until he eventually became lost.

The boy said that he had eventually reached an area that seemed foreign to him.

“I was walking with the bike trying to get back to Northdale. A man told me that if I go through a bush, it would be a short-cut to Northdale. But I never listened to him, and he kicked me off the bike and stole it,” he said, adding that he felt lonely as he tried to find his way back home.

After walking around lost, Uriah had reached Manor, over eight kilometres away from home, where he was found by Manor resident Mitchel Mahomed.

“The boy knocked at my door, and we asked him where he lived and which school he went to. He told us and I knew his father, so we drove him to his home. On our way there, neighbours were gathered on the roadside. His mother wept uncontrollably and she seemed traumatised by the incident. It was then that we re­united the boy with his family. They grabbed him and hugged him. They were so happy to see him,” Mahomed said.

The boy’s father, Krishanduth, said that he had been at work, while his wife, neighbours and son’s friends had begun searching for Uriah, who was reunited with them around 7 pm.

“When I got home in the afternoon, a group of neighbours were gathered at the roadside. I wondered what was going on and they told me that my son had gone missing. The group of neighbours gathered together and prayed for Uriah’s safe return,” Krishanduth said. He said he was overwhelmed with emotion at the return of his son, but had also become enraged about how his son had strayed from their home. He said he had not thanked those who helped in the search until he realised that they had gone their separate ways.

“I am very grateful to everyone who helped find him on this Father’s Day. I tried to hide my emotions by being angry, but I couldn’t be angry at him. I’m just glad he’s home and safe, he’s my boy.”

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