Limpopo police have confirmed that a 35-year-old man has drowned after allegedly assisting in the rescue efforts of a victim allegedly dragged into the water by a crocodile.
In a statement, the Provincial Search and Rescue Police unit – assisted by community members – managed to recover the body of the deceased, identified as Thompho Nemushungwa, from the village of Tshifudi Mushungwa.
“The victim was reportedly trapped underwater while assisting in the search for a 24-year-old man, Fhulufhuwani Munzhelele from Kumbani village, who was allegedly caught and dragged into the water by a crocodile while fishing. on the said river on Wednesday, February 23, 2022,” the statement read.
The search continues for Munzhelele, who is said to have been attacked by a crocodile.
Acting Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers said such incidents have occurred.
“This is not the first incident in the same area and so we are warning community members to take extra care when approaching these areas,” Scheepers said.
In separate incidents earlier this week, two young boys drowned in a quarry dam in Ikageng, Potchefstroom in the northwest in the span of a week.
ER24 ambulances were called to the dam last Saturday after reports that a 14-year-old boy had gone missing while swimming in the dam.
Divers from the South African Police (SAPS) found the boy’s body, but he was pronounced dead by paramedics.
Last Friday, ER24 rescuers returned to the dam, this time after an 8-year-old boy went missing while swimming in the quarry.
Again, Saps divers retrieved the boy’s body, but nothing could be done for him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Vanir-exodus authorities are investigating both incidents.