Son sees dad drown at church braai

2013-03-04 08:47
Fielies Janse Van Rensburg (File, Beeld)

Fielies Janse Van Rensburg (File, Beeld)

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Bloemfontein - A Free State church congregation has been left devastated after a farmer drowned in front of them and his family at a braai.

Fielies Jance van Rensburg, 53, died in front of his 14-year-old son in a farm dam, reported Beeld.

Janse van Rensburg was having a braai with members of the APK congregation on the farm Dennehof in Petrus Steyn for the congregation’s annual fish braai.

He apparently rowed to the opposite shore to take a fish out of a net.

The boat overturned and witnesses said Janse van Rensburg twice came to the surface calling for help.

Members of the congregation ran around the dam to reach Janse van Rensburg but they were too late.

They said Janse van Rensburg’s son, Arnold, had seen his father drown.

At 11:00 on Sunday devastated family members watched as police divers pulled Janse van Rensburg’s body from the water.

He left his wife and a 25-year-old daughter.

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