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26 drownings reported in Limpopo

The report from the Limpopo Govt revealed that 12 of the drownings involved children.

The report from the Limpopo Govt revealed that 12 of the drownings involved children.

JOHANNESBURG - A report from the Limpopo government released on Tuesday shows more than 26 people had drowned since the beginning of the festive season.

The report also showed that 12 of these incidents involved children.

Limpopo's provincial government says it has dispatched lifesavers at all its rivers and dams to help saving people who find themselves in difficult positions while swimming in the province.

The police's Ronel Otto said, "Our divers are on standby for this festive period at some of our biggest dams in the province. We're asking members of the community to give their full cooperation."

At the same time, a man has drowned while swimming in a dam is Simon's Town in the Western Cape.

The 30-year-old man from Plumstead in Cape Town had reportedly disappeared underwater before emergency help was sought.

Police coordinated a scuba dive search during which the man's body was located and recovered.

The NSRI's Craig Lambinon said, "At this stage it's unclear what happened but the body was recovered by police divers and handed in to the authorities at the pathology services. Police have opened an inquest docket into the incident."

For more safety information visit http://www.nsri.org.za/

For safety information on public swimming pools click here.

For a list of public pools in Cape Town click here.