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Probe under way into Vaal River tragedy that claimed 5 lives

Five people drowned on Saturday when the boat they were in capsized near Spider Valley.

The police’s water wing conduct a search and rescue operation on 18 October 2020 for the missing passengers of a boat that capsized in the Vaal River Spider Valley on 17 October 2020. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - A deadly boating accident in the Vaal River is now under investigation.

Five people drowned on Saturday when the boat they were in capsized near Spider Valley.

Two people survived and were rescued by the South African Maritime Safety Authority.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said the bodies of the victims were recovered close to Sasolburg in the Free State.

“All seven passengers have now been accounted for, with five fatalities confirmed. The identities of the deceased cannot be disclosed at this stage until their next of kin have been informed.”

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