Durban boy (11) drowns after epileptic fit

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An 11-year-old boy drowned after suffering an epileptic fit while swimming in the river.
An 11-year-old boy drowned after suffering an epileptic fit while swimming in the river.

The Durban police search and rescue team, Durban K9 unit and the Metro Police were called out to Bhekithemba, in Durban, on Wednesday afternoon after reports of a drowning incident.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said an 11-year-old boy, Sfundo Mbili, had been swimming in the Umlazi river shortly before midday when he had an epileptic fit and drowned. 

“The community were able to remove the deceased from the shallow water. SAPS were only notified much later,” said Mbele.

She said a rescue stokes basket was used to recover the body and carry it out of the valley up very steep embankments to the roadway where it was handed over to members from Umlazi SAPS.

Mbele said an inquest docket has been opened.

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