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Cops won’t rule out recklessness in Hartbeespoort Dam boat disaster

One person burned to death and three others drowned when the party boat caught fire over the weekend.

Emergency service officials at the scene of a boat fire at the Hartbeespoort Dam where four people died. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG – North West police say although they are not ruling out the possibility of recklessness in their inquest investigation into a fatal Hartbeespoort Dam boat fire, they are not investigating anyone in particular.

One person burned to death and three others drowned when the party boat caught fire at the dam over the weekend.

About 200 people were on the boat when the fire broke out.

North West police say officers have been maintaining a presence on the scene to investigate the circumstances around the incident.

Spokesperson Pelonomi Makau says, "Police are still continuing with the inquest investigation and our team is on the scene as we speak, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Meanwhile the Marine Safety Authority’s Christen Camp says they are looking into whether the small boat's Regulation's Act was adhered to.

Officials from the safety authority have started conducting interviews with witnesses.

They are now awaiting an autopsy report to determine the cause of death of a lady on board.

(Edited by Neo Koza)