S. Coast toddler drowns at home

2012-12-04 00:00

A QUIET Sunday at home for the Pontshi family of Ramsgate turned to tragedy when their two-year-old son drowned in the pool.

At first the child, Prince, was in the kitchen with his mother, Virginia, while she prepared lunch.

A few moments later, he was found in the middle of the pool by his eight-year-old brother, King.

“I was getting lunch ready and Prince was in the kitchen with me. He then went outside and I could hear him speak to his brother,” said Virginia.

Suddenly, King appeared in the kitchen and told his mother that Prince had jumped into the pool.

“I rushed outside and saw Prince in the middle of the pool. I jumped in and got him out, but it was too late,” said Virginia.

“It all happened so quickly, within two to three minutes. One moment he was in the kitchen with me, and the next he was gone … I really don’t know what happened.”

Virginia said the family was battling to come terms with the loss of their “baby”.

“King is also very little and he’s still trying to process what has happened.

“He found his brother in the pool and he still asks for Prince.”

She described Prince as a very happy and affectionate toddler who had an amazing bond with his older brother.

“It is so difficult to accept. We are going to miss him dearly,” she added.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said that an inquest docket had been opened.

The family was still in the process of making funeral arrangements.

Meanwhile, two unidentified men are in a serious condition after nearly drowning in rough surf at Southbroom yesterday, said Netcare911 in a statement.

They are receiving treatment in hospital.

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