Search called off: teen drowns in fast-flowing Duzi

2010-12-04 00:00

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy drowned while he and friends were swimming in the fast-flowing Msunduzi River below Henley Dam near Pietermaritzburg yesterday afternoon.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said paramedics, who were called to the scene at about 2 pm, found that one of the boys had disappeared into the water.

“Paramedics arrived at the scene and were unable to find the young boy. SAPS search and rescue from Pietermaritzburg were called in to help with the search,” Banks said.

Warrant Officer Jack Haskins of the SA Police Force search and rescue unit said the boys were swimming after the dam’s sluice gates were opened.

He said his team was unable to retrieve the boy’s body as the water was flowing too fast.

“We could not jump into the river because it was too risky.

“We had the call off the search at about 4.45 pm after we received a call for another drowning near Winterton.”

He said they would wait until the river level subsides before trying again to retrieve the boy’s body.

Haskins said ER24 had received a report of second drowning from the Winterton area, where a group of pupils from a Bergville school were swimming in the Spioenkop Dam. “Right now we are rushing to that incident,” he said. At the time of print, no further details were available.

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