South Africa - Cape Town - 10 July 2020 - Rescue workers next to the Blackriver. An eight-year-old girl and a man in his 30s are feared drowned after stormwaters swept them away in an Athlone canal on Thursday afternoon. Abieda Steenkamp and two of her friends were playing on the banks of the canal in Klipfontein Road, close to Calendula in Vygieskraal, when the banks apparently burst as a result of heavy rainfall, and the children fell into the fast-flowing river. The little girl drifted and disappeared under the water while her two friends managed to get out. Witnesses say the unidentified man jumped into the water to help the girl, but he too got swept away by the strong current.
Speaking to the Daily Voice at the scene, Michael said the children were playing next to the canal when they all slipped and fell in. The search was suspended at 13:00. The divers stopped their search opposite the intersection of Black river Parkway and Berkley Road due the thick undergrowth in the river. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency(ANA)
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