Four family members die at a birthday celebration

A pregnant woman and a three-year-old child are among four family members that died when the boat they were in capsized in the Vaal River.

The accident happened while a group of ten family members was celebrating a birthday on a boat ride. The boat overturned in the water, four died on the scene, while six survivors were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Gauteng police spokesperson Mavela Masondo said they have opened an inquest docket.

“While inside the river, the boat allegedly capsized. People who witnessed the incident went to rescue the victims, but unfortunately, four of the family members passed away, including a three-year-old child and a pregnant woman,” said Masondo.

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