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Boat fire in Hartbeespoort Dam leaves 4 people dead

Hartbeespoort emergency medical services estimate about 200 people were on the boat at the time of the incident.

A party boat ferrying about 200 people caught fire at the Hartbeespoort Dam. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - Three people have drowned and another has been burned to death after a party boat they were being ferried in caught fire at the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Hartbeespoort emergency medical services estimate about 200 people were on the boat at the time of the incident.

Emergency services Jerry Bouwer said, “At this stage what we know is that it was a party boat that caught fire and they tried to get everybody to safety. We are still busy checking them because there were like 200 people on the boat.”

A witness who was on another boat cruise says they were called to assist the others on the burning boat.

“They came to us asking for help and said there is a boat on fire. We heard that there were 200 people on the boat and they were cooking and that is what allegedly started the fire.”