Durban boy drowns on his 7th birthday

2012-03-30 07:34

Durban - A boy drowned on his seventh birthday on Thursday while his parents were out shopping for his birthday presents, paramedics said.

According to Netcare spokesperson Chris Botha, the boy had gone swimming with friends in a river at Adam's Mission near Amanzimtoti, south of Durban, when the tragedy occurred.

Botha said the boy's body was retrieved by police divers. Paramedics declared him dead as his parents arrived on the scene with his presents.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-03-30 07:41

    Shame, now this is a sad thing to happen to a family! Condolences!

      Leon - 2012-03-30 08:28

      I want to add my voice of condolence to the family. The death of a child is not something any parent can ever truly face. My thoughts are with you.

      quintoncarroll - 2012-03-30 11:32

      So so SAD :(

  • TrueTenacity - 2012-03-30 07:47

    Man, that has seriously gotta suck, both for the boy and the family... sincere condolences to all affected...

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-03-30 07:49

    Now, that's truly quite sad indeed. I can't imagine the heartbreak those parents are suffering...

  • Jayson - 2012-03-30 07:50

    So so sad. Its such a tragedy. And on such a special day. So sorry to the parents. May God give you all the strength to get through this grieving time. R.I.P.

  • Dennis - 2012-03-30 07:53

    Maybe, just maybe the parents should be charged with neglegence for leaving the child alone !!

      koo.doyle - 2012-03-30 08:08

      Really? Because the pain of losing a child isn't nearly enough punishment? Eejit.

      Xinobia - 2012-03-30 08:15

      He wasn't alone. They also knew where he were. So if they thought this could happen, I'm sure they would not have left him. Show some sympathy you twit! And I sincerely hope that something similar never happen to you.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-30 08:42


      Irma - 2012-03-30 08:51

      What a horrible thing to say. They left him to buy birthday presents. They didn’t leave him locked up in a room for a week with no food- THAT is negligence. Don’t tell me your parents NEVER left you alone as a young child, because mine did and we were fine. It was an accident, just leave it at that and have some respect for the family.

  • stampalex - 2012-03-30 07:59

    Man, that is really sad... Sincerest condolences to the family and RIP to your son - At 7, whatever afterlife there is, he would be assured of a special place there.

  • Morné - 2012-03-30 08:08

    How can the parents leave a 7 year old alone at home, surely they had to leave him with an adult. This is very sad to hear children drowning and even worst when you hear they was left alone. if an adult is there this won't happen.

      DesTheHorse - 2012-03-30 08:14

      please refer to the text in the article "the boy had gone swimming with friends"

      Ntombizonke - 2012-03-30 08:27

      @ Mornéwho said he was left alone, the boy went to swimming with friends

      gilla.macgregor - 2012-03-30 09:46

      How old were his friends if they were older they could have helped him out. Why did they not get help straight away. I have a 9 and a 6 year old and they not allowed to swim without an adult around

  • Tahseen - 2012-03-30 08:10

    They should close off access to the river! Surely this is not the first instance and probably won't be the last..

      Marion - 2012-03-30 08:40

      @enrico.bosman :-( to infinity.

      Squeegee - 2012-03-30 08:45

      enrico.idiot. That is probably the stupidest comment ever. Please don't breed.

      Jayson - 2012-03-30 09:06

      How do you close off a river man???? They can't even close off a airport in Ermelo properly. Unbelievable.

      Cpo - 2012-03-30 09:26

      @Jayson;but these areas have been there long before this new government,surely you can't blame the current gov,its the ugly work of the group areas act and apartheid regime that pushed people to these areas, this has nothing to do with the current gov ability to fence these areas> Condolences to the family>>

      Jayson - 2012-03-30 09:47

      @cpo. Please remind me,, in witch sentence did I mention the words. Group areas act, appartied regime, government ability. You are picking at straws here. And trying to make a ugly situation out of nothing. All i asked was how do you close off a river.

  • andrew.e.goodall - 2012-03-30 08:24

    Unbelievably sad, such a waste. Rest in Peace. My thoughts are with the family.

  • Rob - 2012-03-30 08:38

    Ag, what does one say about this. Life, really is so unfair @ times.

  • Marion - 2012-03-30 08:38

    RIP little one. Sincere condolences to all your loved ones.

  • Irma - 2012-03-30 08:52

    What a devestating story. RIP to the child, condolences to the parents. :(

  • Ashliegh - 2012-03-30 08:58

    thats really sad

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  • Cpo - 2012-03-30 09:57

    @Jayson; what do you mean if you say; They can't even close off a airport in Ermelo properly. Unbelievable. (who they?)

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-30 10:00

    This is so sad, God give strength to the parents and family. May he rest in peace. Amen.

      Arvin - 2012-03-30 16:14

      God should've not let this happen. Period !!!!

  • Itumeleng - 2012-03-30 10:18

    Losing a child is never easy to accept. May not know their pain but when ever a child loses life I feel pain like its my own. condolenses to the family.

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