TEMBISA – A 13-year-old learner from Mvelaphanda Primary School drowned when she attempted to cross a strong water current on her way home from school, in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services said on Tuesday.
Spokesperson William Ntladi said the pupil drowned on Monday, while three other pupils got themselves to safety and called for help from community members who was unsuccessful in saving the pupil.
“Apparently three others saw their friend who was ahead of them being swept away by strong water current and disappeared under water,” spokesperson William Ntladi said.
Emergency Services were alerted of a drowning case at approximately 4pm and responded to the scene at Winnie Mandela Zone 11.
“On arrival, a search along the water stream was initiated by rescue teams from both Ekurhuleni Emergency Services and SAPS K-9 Unit till around 19h00 when the search was called off without success,” he said.
After emergency services continued their search at 8.30am on Tuesday morning, the pupil’s body was discovered an hour later.
“The body was partially submerged under the water along the stream. Members of her family positively identified the body of being that of their child,” said Ntladi.
The pupil was declared deceased and the scene was handed over to the local South African Police Services for further Investigations.
– African News Agency (ANA)
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