Sunday, 18 October 2020 09:24

 

Five men in their 30s are believed to have drowned after their boat capsized on the Vaal River near Spider Valley Road on Saturday afternoon. Two people, one male and one female, also believed to be in their 30s, survived with minor injuries.

It is understood that a boat carrying seven people capsized on the river near Spider Valley.

ER24 paramedics were on the scene at 17:50 along with the South African Police Services and Metro EMS. One body has been recovered and four are still missing. Metro EMS declared the man dead on arrival. The two survivors declined transportation to the hospital. The man explained that the boat was taking on water when it capsized.

ER24 spokesperson Ross Campbell: "Two people, one male and one female, survived with minor injuries. ER24 paramedics were on the scene, along with the South African Police Services and Metro EMS. One body has since been recovered and four are still missing. The man explained that the boat was taking on water when it capsized. SAPS were on scene for investigation and were waiting on rescue divers to being recovery."

SAPS were on scene for investigation and waiting on rescue divers to begin the recovery.