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Body of missing Hartbeespoort Dam toddler found

A police dive unit and volunteers were searching for the toddler who disappeared yesterday.

Family gather with the recovered body of 22-month-old toddler, who is presumed to have drowned after falling out of capsized boat yesterday, into Hartbeespoort Dam on 11 May 2015. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The body of a 23-month-old boy has been found nearly 24 hours after the boat he was travelling in capsized on Hartbeespoort Dam.

A police dive unit and a group of volunteers had been searching for the child since yesterday.

The family, who will not speak to the media, have identified the body.

The police's Sabata Mokgwabone said, "I can confirm that the body was retrieved but our forensics team are still busy at the scene."

Witnesses say the boat was pulling a tube and took a sharp turn. The five people on the boat were not wearing life jackets.

The family holiday turned into a tragedy when the rubber duck pulling a tube on the dam capsized, throwing a mother and her three children as well as the vessel's skipper into the water.

It then capsized sending the mother, her three children and the vessel's skipper into the water.

The child disappeared under the water but the others managed to swim to safety.