Girl drowns in river

2015-12-10 06:00
Reaction Unit South Africa medics try to resuscitate the nine-year-old. Photo: supplied

Reaction Unit South Africa medics try to resuscitate the nine-year-old. Photo: supplied

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VERULAM SAPS have warned parents to be cautious of their children's activities this holiday after a nine-year-old girl drowned in Oakford, Hazelmere recently.

According to police the girl was swimming in a river near her home with other children when she drowned.

Head of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) Prem Balram said Rusa medics were called to a river near Oakford Priory.

"Paramedics found the nine-year-old girl lying on the river bank. She was declared deceased a few minutes later," said Balram.

"Upon questioning a group of children,officers were informed that the nine-year-old got into difficulty while swimming. She then drowned while her friends ran to a nearby home to summon help."

Balram said a worker at a nearby trucking company managed to pull her out of the water around 30 minutes after she got into difficulty.

"The depth of the river is estimated to be three meters at the point where the body was recovered," said Balram.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Mark Prakasim said this incident is a sad reminder for parents to be wary of their child's activity and possible dangers at all times. "We are appealing to parents to be careful over the festive period when schools are closed, especially when swimming," said Prakasim.
"Please ensure there is an adult watching your child at all times who can help if your child gets into distress. Even when not in or near water your child must be supervised by an adult at all times."

Prakasim urged parents to also educate their children over possible dangers and to teach them emergency numbers. "One of the easiest numbers is 10111 and it's in the interest of your family's safety that that you protect them through education and supervision in this time," said Prakasim.

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