Nine-year-old boy drowns after being swept down the Orange River

A gaggle of boys have been reportedly swimming in the Orange River in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday, 12 January, when instantly water rushed from a better space and swept certainly one of them away, in accordance with the police.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Ursula Roelofse stated the Maletswai police station obtained a report a few nine-year-old boy that drowned on Wednesday.

“It is alleged that the three boys age nine, eight and seven from Vula Vala, who were friends, decided to have a swim in a shallow area of the Orange River,” stated Roelofse.

“Suddenly a very strong stream of water came down from a higher area and took one of the boys down the river where he drowned.”

The kids have been allegedly too scared to inform their mother and father what had occurred.

The mother and father of the deceased confirmed up at certainly one of his pals’ home to search for him – as they thought he had slept over, which is once they realized of the drowning.

“Sadly the parents got the news of their son that drowned and that the friends were too afraid to report the incident that happened,” stated the police spokesperson.

The incident was reported to the SAPS search and rescue unit from Cradock, which arrived on Thursday, to assist search for the nine-year-old’s physique.

In an unrelated incident, a 53-year-old police diver Captain Pierre Marx drowned in the line of obligation in Eastern Cape on 8 January.

Marx, alongside along with his co-divers from the East London K9 Search and Rescue unit, responded to a grievance of drowning.

“It is during the rescue mission in the Horse Shoe Valley area that Captain Marx struggled with a strong current, sweeping him into the heavy stream,” stated police ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba.

Marx’s physique was recovered in the early hours of Sunday morning, 9 January. According to the police, 21 folks have died due to the floods in the province up to now.


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