Two friends aged 11 and 10 from Oakford in Verulam have drowned while swimming in a river near their home on Sunday afternoon.
At approximately 16:30 Reaction Unit South Africa received a call from a member of public requesting assistance after they failed to find the boys who were last seen swimming in the river. The caller stated that clothing belonging to both the boys were found lying on the river bank however they could not be located.
RUSA Members proceeded to the scene and upon arrival met with the family of both boys who confirmed that they had not returned home. Police Officers from the Durban Search and Rescue as well as the Umhlali K9 Search and Rescue were called out and upon arrival a specialised Police dog was used to conduct a sweep of the river. The K9 indicated the presence of a cadaver in the large body of water.
Police divers entered the river and recovered the naked bodies of the two boys. Paramedics assessed the children and found that they showed no signs of life.
According to residents in the area the river is generally shallow however after recent rains the water levels have increased drastically.