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Hartbeespoort drowning: Witness says parents were 'intoxicated'

Police are investigating claims that the parents were under the influence of alcohol.

Family gather with the recovered body of 23-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 - Police say they are still investigating the boating accident on Hartbeespoort Dam following a claim that the parents were under the influence of alcohol.

A man who assisted in the recovery of the family after their boat capsized has claimed that the parents were under the influence of alcohol.

Gerrit Tromp and his family were on the dam when the rubber duck capsized throwing a mother, her three children and the skipper overboard on Sunday.

The body of a 23-month-old boy was found yesterday.

WATCH: Toddler's body recovered from Hartbeespoort Dam.

North West police's Sabata Mokgwabone has called on eyewitnesses to assist them in finding out exactly what happened leading up to the accident.

"We can only ask anyone with information to please contact the Hartbeespoort police station."

Tromp has claimed he could smell alcohol on the mother, the father and his friend who were slurring while he was trying to get them out of the water.

He says they were also swearing at him as he searched for their toddler.

"While we were recovering the boat he [the friend of the father] because he was under the influence, was making statements that he wanted to assault me because I told him he was reckless and there were lives lost because he was being reckless."

Tromp says he will be giving a statement to the police later this week insisting that the skipper was reckless and the occupants were not wearing life jackets.

He says he will meet with police later this week to assist in the investigation.

An inquiry is expected to establish the boy's cause of death.