Boy drowns after canoe capsizes

2014-11-30 18:40


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Johannesburg - The body of a 12-year-old boy was recovered on Sunday after he went missing in a lagoon at Wortelgat Camp, near Hermanus, Western Cape police said.

"...The body of the 12-year-old boy from Khayelitsha was found today [Sunday] at Wortelgat Camp," Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said.

"A death inquest case docket has been registered."

The National Sea Rescue Institute said in a statement on Saturday that the boy was one of 36 children from Langa and Khayelitsha brought to the Wortelgat camp and conference centre, on the lagoon, by a catholic welfare youth group for a camp.

Apparently, while the four camp leaders went to lunch, the children went to swim in the lagoon unattended.

Three youth group leaders, who were reportedly meant to care for the children while the leaders were at lunch, were allegedly found in their rooms while the children were swimming in the lagoon.

On their return from lunch, the camp leaders found the children at the lagoon and after rounding them up, were told that the 12-year-old had disappeared under water after a canoe he was playing on capsized.

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