The Northern Cape Department of Education has expressed its condolences to the family of a 14-year-old boy who drowned in the Kimberley Boys’ High School swimming pool.
THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education has expressed its condolences to the family of a 14-year-old boy who drowned in the Kimberley Boys’ High School swimming pool.
The teen is the son of the school’s rugby coach.
Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said the incident occurred after a rugby practice session.
“Although the deceased is not a learner at the school, the department conveys our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Van der Merwe.
“The incident happened just after rugby practice, whilst the learners were busy passing the pool area on their way to pack away the rugby equipment. They were playing and pushing each other next to the pool area when two children, of which one was the deceased, fell into the water. The emergency medical services (EMS) were immediately notified and on their arrival the boy was declared dead on the scene.”
Van der Merwe added that the department will render employee support services to provide counselling and support to those directly affected by the incident.