Search for 4 missing passengers of Vaal River capsized boat still ongoing



Four people suspected to have drowned after a boat capsized on the Vaal River are still being searched for.

The search was launched after a boat carrying seven people capsized on the river near Spider Valley on Saturday.

A body was recovered from the riverbank but four other passengers are yet to be found.

Two passengers survived the incident.

An extensive search and rescue operation has been launched by the police’s water wing after the presumed drowning incident.

According to the police, the two people that survived- a woman and a man- suffered minor injuries.

The survivors explained that the boat had taken on water.

The police spokesperson, Mathapelo Peters on Sunday said:

“Seven people, whose ages range between 30 and 45, were cruising on a boat on the Vaal River, Vereeniging from Three Rivers when their boat capsized.”

“Two people survived and a second man was declared dead on the scene.”

“The search for the four missing victims is currently still in progress.”

An inquest docket had been opened for further investigation into the circumstances surrounding the drownings.

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