Brothers drown while fishing

2011-12-27 07:46

Johannesburg - Two brothers drowned in Rooskraal dam just off the Vaal river while they were out fishing with their family, North West police said on Monday.

The two brothers, aged 11 and 12 years old were accompanied by their parents and another family on a fishing excursion to the dam on Sunday morning, said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Sam Tselanyane.

He said the boys went into the water at about 08:30.

"Seemingly while they were there they wanted to throw their nets into the river and they decided to take their nets deeper into the water using a canoe that they had found. They were not far into the water when the canoe capsized and they drowned.

"Their dad's colleague jumped into the water to try and rescue them when they screamed...he could not reach them and they drowned," he said.

A man in a canoe came to try and help but could not reach the place the boys had entered the water, said Tselanyane.

Meanwhile police divers were called and they searched for the bodies. The body of one boy was recovered at just after 17:00 and the second was recovered eight minutes later, he said.

They were both certified dead on the scene.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-12-27 08:18

    Oh the poor family - what a terrible thing to have happened. RIP little ones...

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-12-27 09:00

    Wonder where dad was at the time....knowing full well that his boys can't swim. Typical.

  • Moss Mphahlele - 2011-12-27 09:01

    Poor boys, RIP

  • Moviezone - 2011-12-27 09:12

    It is so sad that these things happen. This is why the rules and regulation stipulate required safety equipment. It still would bring back the children. The problem is that boys will be boys and we should appreciate every second that we have with our loved ones. Again I'm so sorry.

  • Johan Koster - 2011-12-27 09:31

    Life Jackets ?? being irresponsible has come at the highest price. RIP boys

      John - 2011-12-27 19:10

      Boys + Canoe + water = risk of falling into water = consequence could be death = Mitigating measure = LIFE JACKETS. This should be common sense, unfortunately Johan is right, being irresponsible replaces common sense far too easily. I feel though for the parents in this instance. Lets hope others learn from the death of these too boys.

  • Kopraal SilverStar Mohloli - 2011-12-27 09:41

    I can't imagine living without my daughter, nw 2 kids?sad sad sa,May Their Young Souls RIP.....:(

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2011-12-27 14:40

    Johan Koster - They found the canoe and should imagine it did not come equiped with life jackets. Parents should have been vigilant, especially near water.

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  • David - 2011-12-27 17:57

    It is of interest for the public to be aware that these boys were fishing with nets, according to the article, on two mentions . This is highly illegal and undesirable in fresh water or any fresh water river in RSA. Trek nets and gill nets, and any equipment used in the exercise of illegal fishing, such as motor vehicles , boats and ourboard motors are subject to confiscation and an impressive fine, and this has been so for many decades. In addition it is an act of gross irresponsibility for non swimmer minors to be allowed into water or onto any watercraft without proper safety equipment. The parents and their friends should be hammered, and possibly for culpable homicide or murder, if one is to judge by trends in recent vehicle accidents. This was a forseeable deadly situation. It is tantamount to allowing a minor to crawl accross the Durban Highway at peak holiday time.

      John - 2011-12-27 19:12

      Agreed 100%.

      Leon - 2011-12-28 05:34

      Agree 100%, plus the "found" a canoe? Can we have the full story please?

      HelenLouiseW - 2011-12-28 11:13

      Pipe down, these parents have suffered a horrendous tragedy. Who gives you the right to critize or blame them? Anyone with kids that age will know this is quite mormal for boys to wander off and explore.

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-01-01 16:18

    Sad!Very sad.

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