Two boys drown in river in Limpopo

2017-11-06 13:11
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Polokwane - Police in Limpopo are investigating the deaths of two boys who drowned on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the two boys drowned while swimming in the Mohlaletse river in Apel near Lebowakgomo outside of Polokwane.

"It is alleged that yesterday [Sunday]... a group of young children were swimming in this river when two of them got stuck deep in the water and drowned, subsequently, one of these boys ran to the village and called community members for help," Ngoepe said.

"Members of the community reacted in large numbers, entered the water in an effort to save the lives of these boys. They retrieved them, summoned the EMS and the police who reacted swiftly and upon arrival, they were certified dead at the scene," he said.

Ngoepe said the two boys who drowned were both 11 years old.

"The SAPS in this province would like to advise and encourage members of the community to put child safety first. Children must not be allowed to play or swim in the water without the close supervision of a water expert to avoid this type of incidents from occurring," he said.

Ngoepe said the police were investigating two inquest dockets.

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