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Cops probe Mother's Day drowning at Hartbeespoort Dam

A 23-month-old boy drowned after the boat his family was travelling in capsized.

A 23-month-old boy drowned after the boat his family were travelling in capsized. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - North West police said a search and rescue dog found the body of a 23-month-old boy in Hartbeespoort Dam yesterday after the boat he was travelling in capsized.

The toddler's body was found in the dam nearly 24 hours after he had drowned.

The rubber duck capsized while pulling a tube, throwing the boy, his two siblings, their mother, as well as the vessel's skipper into the water.

Police say investigations will now be conducted to find out exactly what happened on board the rubber duck.

The police's Sabata Mokgwabone says they want to know if any safety regulations were adhered to.

"It's expected that when people engage in activities like that, that people should be wearing life jackets."

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It's understood none of the occupants on the boat were wearing life jackets.

Mokgwabone says investigations are ongoing.

"We don't want to pre-empt anything. We'll allow the investigation to take its course. If somebody neglected to do what he or she was supposed to do, then the law will take its court."

Search and rescue operations came to an end yesterday after police confirmed the body was found.