Free State Police urges public to practice #WaterSafety after four people drowned in separate incidents FREE STATE - Four people, three adults and a teenage boy were reported to have drowned in Bethlehem and Welkom respectively this weekend.
In the first incident, three adults, two males aged 24 and 25, and
a female aged 24, drowned at Liebenbergvlei dam near Bethlehem on Saturday, 21 November 2020.
They were part of a congregation from Botshabelo and reportedly drowned durin g baptism.
The body of the female was retrieved by Lejweleputswa District K9 Search and Rescue team, whilst the two men are still missing as the search was provisionally withdrawn due to bad weather conditions and heavy current water flow.
On Sunday, 22 November 2020, another drowning was reported at a dam in an open field near Edu College in Welkom.
Police divers retrieved the body of a 14- year-old boy after he went swimming with friends.
Cases of inquest have been registered for further investigation.
The Provincial Commissioner of the Free State, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane urges
community members to exercise special care and caution in isolated dams and rivers especially after heavy rains.
We also urge parents to sensitize children to refrain from swimming in dams unsupervised, or crossing rivers with heavy flowing waters or strong current", she concluded.