NATIONAL NEWS - A 12-year-old boy drowned on 11 January in a trench which was allegedly left open by a contractor who was doing some work around Kwa-Zanele’s new Ext 6, in Breyten.
According to police, a group of boys were playing around the trench which was full of water due to recent heavy rains.
Sgt Thabo Mashegoane, spokesman for Breyten Police, said: “When the victim’s dog went into the trench, the boy took off his clothes and attempted to rescue his dog, but lost his footing, fell in and drowned.”
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Sgt Mashegoane added, Middelburg Police divers (Mpumalanga Inland Water Policing) were summoned to the scene.
According to Mr Andries Lee, one of the directors of Delta 1 Rescue Diving, they received the call around 12pm.
Mr Lee said: “We went to the construction site where pipes were being laid.”
Three divers recovered the body within 40 seconds.