Man drowns trying to flee police

2013-05-17 20:21
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An illegal miner drowned in the Sand River in Virginia as he tried to escape arrest, Free State police said on Friday.

"The deceased was among the illegal miners who were plying their trade on the banks of [the] Sand River before his death," said spokesman Warrant Officer Malebo Khosana.

They scattered when police approached to arrest them.

"Some ran away, and others just dived into the river to swim across and get away on the other side."

Lesotho national Teboho Mosha Maqwabika, 30, was seen gasping for air and disappeared under the water, said Khosana. Police divers found his body. An inquest docket was opened.

"Eleven illegal immigrants from Lesotho were arrested at the scene. They will remain in custody pending their deportation by the home affairs department's immigration branch," Khosana said.

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