2 North West pupils drown after heavy rains

2013-10-29 16:31
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Two school pupils from Potchefstroom in North West drowned during heavy rains in the area, police said on Tuesday.

A 7-year-old and a 12-year-old drowned in an overflowing furrow at Haaskraal farm near Potchefstroom on Monday, spokesperson Pelonomi Makau said.

They were walking home with a 10-year-old girl when the 7-year-old slipped and fell into the water. The 12-year-old tried to rescue her and also drowned.

The 10-year-old ran home to tell parents what had happened.

Police were called and a search conducted for the missing girls until Monday midnight without any success.

On Tuesday around 05:00 police found the bodies of the two girls about 3km from where they fell in.

Makau appealed to motorists and pedestrians not to cross overflowing rivers and dams.

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