Boy drowns in Western Cape

Johannesburg - The body of a 10-year-old boy who drowned off Melkbaai Beach, Strand, was recovered on Thursday evening, the National Sea Rescue Institute said.

"During an ongoing search operation a police dive unit... located and recovered the body of the child from under water approximately 50m off-shore," spokesperson Craig Lambinon said in a statement.

The boy was reported missing by his 13-year-old nephew after they went paddling unsupervised on a surfboard on Thursday afternoon.

Gordons Bay duty coxswain Johann Lensink said earlier that, according to the 13-year-old, the younger boy fell off the board and was unable to swim.

The teenager tried to rescue the child, but he disappeared beneath the water.

Police were providing the children's families with trauma counselling.

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