Probe launched into Hartbeespoort Dam boat tragedy

Three people have drowned & another burned to death after a party boat caught fire.

A boat caught fire in the Hartbeespoort Dam on 19 November 2016. Picture: Hartbeespoort Emergency Rescue Unit/

JOHANNESBURG - Police say an investigation is now underway into the Hartebeespoort Dam boat tragedy, with at least four people dead.

Three women drowned and a fourth burned to death when a so-called party boat caught fire on Saturday.

Emergency services estimate about 200 people were onboard the boat at the time of the incident.

The police’s Pelonomi Makau says: “There is a possibility that more bodies could be recovered, as the search continues. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this stage and the investigation continues.”

Police say it's possible that more bodies could be recovered following the incident.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)