An inquest docket is being investigated after two pupils drowned and a third one went missing at Margate beach in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.
It is believed a group of pupils from Pietermaritzburg’s Bongumusa High School, accompanied by teachers and their principal, were visiting the South Coast on a school outing yesterday, South Coast Herald reported.
According to eyewitnesses, a group of children got into difficulty in the surf just after 6pm. Bystanders went into the sea to try and help the group when they noticed they were being swept towards the rocks. Six children were pulled to safety.
According to the NSRI, two men, who were believed to be off-duty lifeguards from Durban, swam out to assist and they were able to pull two girls out of the water.
The NSRI team, police and paramedics continued with CPR on the girls, aged 15 and 16, but after all efforts to resuscitate them were exhausted, they were both declared dead on the scene.
A 17-year-old man was reportedly seen floating face-down in the water but despite best efforts, the teenager has not been found and he remains missing at sea.
Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said the bodies of the school girls were taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and a police search-and-rescue team will continue with the search operation for the missing teen.
This after police recovered the body of six-year-old girl who was swept away by flash floods in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, last month.
Diepsloot police station spokesperson Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said: “Four children were trying to cross a low-lying bridge during the downpour and two of the girls were allegedly saved by community members.”
“She was dragged into the stream by the raging torrent and swept away, and the police were alerted to the danger by screams from bystanders,” added Mavimbela.
The girl, Angel Sibanda was buried this past weekend.
– Caxton News Service