Two boys drown after attempting to swim across Swartkops River

The bodies of two children were retrieved from the Swartkops River near Kariega on Tuesday morning, 22 February. The boys reportedly drowned while swimming over the weekend.

BODIES RETRIEVED FROM SWARTKOPS RIVER

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart said it is alleged that a group of six boys went swimming in the river on Sunday. They were near Taylor Street, Kariega.

“The group attempted to swim across the river when two of the children allegedly got tired while they were in the middle of the river,” said Swart.

One of the boys turned back to help the struggling pair cross and while being assisted both the boys went under the water’s surface and disappeared.

According to the police, the other boys allegedly left the Swartkops River and only told adults what had happened after the parents started asking where the two missing children were.

The bodies of Jerome Cowie, 11, and Corné Boesak, 12, were recovered from the river at approximately 10:00 on Tuesday morning. The police spokesperson said an inquest docket has been opened for investigation.

“Police are urging parents to ensure that there are always adult supervision at all times when children go to rivers to swim,” said Swart.

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