Child drowns in Eastern Cape dam

2012-01-05 20:00

Johannesburg - A 9-year-old boy drowned in the Eastern Cape while swimming with friends near King William's Town, police said on Thursday.

He was the third child reported drowned in the country on Wednesday.

Earlier on the same day a 12-year-old girl swimming with friends in a dam near George drowned, as did an 8-year-old boy in a dam near Potchefstoom, North West.

Also on Wednesday a 27-year-old man drowned in a swimming pool in Kimberley, Northern Cape.

In Silverstream, on the Cape west coast, a 19-year-old man drowned while swimming in rough seas.

The 9-year-old who drowned in the Eastern Cape got into trouble while swimming with seven other boys from Nonibe village, Captain Ernest Sigobe said.

"The boys tried to help their friend, but when they could not they informed the police."

Police divers recovered the body at 18:00.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-05 20:19

    Sad. There seem to be a lot of drownings this year...

  • DjCapiche - 2012-01-05 22:06

    We should have lifeguards at our Dams and any other popular spots that kids/adults use frequently. Not everyone has access to South African beaches especially those with trained lifeguards.

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