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Hartbeespoort toddler: Why didn't the family wear life jackets?

The body of a 23-month-old boy was found after the boat he was travelling in capsized.

Police drivers on the shore of Hartbeespoort Dam were conducting a search for the toddler who fell out of capsized boat on 11 May 2015. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are being raised about why a family on board a boat on Hartbeespoort Dam was not wearing life jackets.

A child, almost two years old, drowned after the boat capsized yesterday.

The toddler's body was found earlier today.

The boat's skipper, a mother and her three children, including the toddler, were on a rubber duck pulling a tube on the dam when it capsized.

All except the toddler managed to swim to safety.

The National Sea Rescue Institute's Craig Lambinon says there are specific life jackets for children to wear on board a boat.

POLICE INVESTIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the boy who drowned.

The toddler's has been handed over to forensics officials after being identified by the parents.

A post-mortem will now be conducted.