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Mum, child drown in Limpopo

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Mum, child drown in Limpopo

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A Mozambican woman and her 11-month-old baby are believed to have drowned when the boat they were using to illegally cross into Zimbabwe from South Africa capsized along Limpopo River.

The woman and her child were in the company of a man and they were being assisted by two other men to illegally cross into Zimbabwe.

Police said the boat also had about 13 vehicle tyres on board when it turned on its side at around 4am last Thursday.

It is alleged the woman, her child and the unknown man, were coming from South Africa in a yet to be identified vehicle that dropped them near the border, before they sought the services of the two men to assist them to cross illegally into Zimbabwe en- route to Mozambique.

During the process, the boat capsized.

While all three men managed to swim to safety, the woman and her child were swept away. A team of the police Sub Aqua Unit has since been dispatched to Limpopo River to locate the bodies.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the three men fled soon after the accident.

In January, Zimbabwean and South African police once collaborated on the search for the bodies of several people, believed to be Zimbabweans, who reportedly drowned in the Limpopo River as they tried to cross illegally into South Africa.

By then, only one body had been retrieved at a crossing point near Maroy Farm, some 40km west of Beitbridge town. Efforts were then made to retrieve two more bodies that were spotted on the deeper end of the South African side of the river, but the divers failed to overcome the strong water current so the bodies were not retrieved.

That search was initiated after two women reported that their husbands had drowned near a crossing point close to Nottingham Estate.

Police warned people against using illegal crossing points as they risked drowning, prosecution and crocodile attacks.

The incident came a few days after Zimbabwean security rescued six people stranded at a crossing point near Dulivhadzimu Gorge when a wooden makeshift boat they were using capsized. Herald.

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