A Northern Cape man and his 10-year-old daughter drowned in the Vaal River near Longlands.
A NORTHERN Cape father and his 10-year-old daughter drowned in the Vaal River near Longlands on Monday afternoon.
Their bodies were found just metres apart on Tuesday morning.
The 45-year-old father was reportedly swept away by the strong current while trying to rescue his daughter who had slipped into the river.
Police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said that the pair, who were apparently fishing at the river, drowned at around 4pm.
“The police were alerted about the incident of drowning just after the pair were swept away by the river,” said Tawana. “The SAPS Search and Rescue team from Kimberley was summoned to the scene and immediately launched the search.
“Their bodies were recovered on Tuesday, March 29, just before 11am, in the Vaal River, a few metres apart, and near the spot where they were reported to have drowned.”
Tawana said that the Northern Cape police management conveyed messages of condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased and to the community of Longlands.
“We are appealing to the community to exercise caution when they go out fishing, and to ensure that they follow the necessary safety measures,” added Tawana.
He warned that rivers, streams and dams in the Northern Cape are currently experiencing high levels of water due to the recent rains.
“Fishers and bathers are advised to avoid fishing and swimming in the rivers, streams and dams.”