Seven children drown in FS mining town

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Man drowning in the water

An inquest is currently being conducted after eight people drowned in the small mining town of Steynsrus in the Free State yesterday.

According to a statement by SAPS, it is alleged that at about 10:52 yesterday the police in Steynsrus received a complaint about a white vehicle that had been swept away into the river at a farm.

All seven children who were in the vehicle had drowned, the youngest being four years old. Six of these bodies were recovered by police divers but the body of the seventh child is still missing

According to SAPS, the 26-year-old driver, two adult males and seven children, four boys and three girls, were in the vehicle

The statement explains that two males and the driver managed to get out of the vehicle and escape, however, the driver went back into the water to try and save the children from drowning and was also swept away.

The divers are still at the scene searching for the body of the child.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lt-Gen. Baile Motswenyane, said it is heart breaking for any parent to lose a child in this manner.  “Our condolences go out to all these families who have been affected by this tragedy.”

Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@centralmediagroup.co.za