Mamelodi boys: “slim chance of survival”

The SAPS Diving Squad are now focusing on recovering the bodies.

Tshwane rescue workers believe the probability of finding the two remaining Mamelodi boys alive is now very slim. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane rescue workers and the South African Police Services Diving Squad members say the probability of finding two Mamelodi boys alive is very slim and they're now focusing on recovering the bodies.

Three Mamelodi friends went missing this week during heavy flooding in the area.

It's believed they disappeared after falling in a storm water drain.

The three boys are said to have been playing near the drain when it started raining heavily.

On Saturday morning rescue workers discovered the body of one of the boys underneath an uprooted tree.

Tshwane municipality spokesman Blessing Manale says, "Unfortunately the boy had already passed away. We're now anticipating that the other two kids will not be found alive so the mission has now been classified as a search and retrieve instead of a search and rescue."

City officials say they won't be releasing the name of the boy yet as his family members have not yet been notified.

On Friday the search for the children was again hampered, with police saying river currents were too strong for divers.

It's understood three boys were playing near the drain when it started raining heavily.

Emergency Services officials, police and community members have spent the past few days searching for the trio.