UPDATE | 4 bodies found after kids fall into hole in Cape Town

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Two bodies have been recovered from a hole.
Two bodies have been recovered from a hole.
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  • It is unclear how the children got trapped, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue says.
  • Roads linking onto the N2 from the R300 have been closed. 
  • Rescue teams are now searching for a fourth person, who has been unaccounted for.

UPDATE: 

The body of a fourth child has been retrieved after he and three others were trapped underground in Nyanga, Cape Town, on Monday afternoon.

The City of Cape Town fire and rescue team and the SAPS K9 unit were at the scene after receiving a call around 15:10, indicating three minors fell into a hole near the N2 on Borcherds Quarry Road intersection, fire services spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said.

"Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain fire crews were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the officer informed the control centre that three minors fell into a hole.

"Technical rescue teams from Roeland Street and Metro EMS were dispatched. Just after 18:00, the bodies of two minor boys were retrieved," the spokesperson said.

The third body was recovered at 21:00, Carelse said. 

The search for the fourth child continued through the night and emergency crew found the body at 02:21 on Tuesday.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the children had allegedly been playing on sand dunes, which caved in on them.

"An inquest case was registered for investigation... circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation."

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