6-year-old boy drowns during KZN school trip

2017-08-31 08:18
PHOTO: Facebook/IPSS Rescue

PHOTO: Facebook/IPSS Rescue

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A school tip took a horrific turn when a 6-year-old boy drowned after he fell off a raft.

The tragic incident took place at the Lucky Linton Farm on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.

The boy, along with seven other children, were being taken around the dam on a raft by a guide from the facility when three of them fell into the water.

Two of the three children were successfully pulled out of the water by the guide, reports IPSS Rescue on their Facebook page.

This farm is located near Umhlali.

Paul Herbst, spokesperson for the rescue service, told East Coast Radio the guides could save two of the children from the water.

The third child unfortunately disappeared under the water. According to Herbst, the boy was underwater for about 10 minutes before the guides managed to bring him to the surface.

"It could have been even longer than 10 minutes," he said.

When the paramedics arrived at the scene, the boy was declared dead. The school's name will only be announced once the next of kin's or close relatives have been notified.

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