Three people have reportedly drowned in a Church Baptism ceremony gone wrong in Bethlehem, Eastern Free State Province in South Africa.
Two males , 24 and 25 together with a 24 year old female of the Botshabelo congregation drowned in Lienbergulei dam near Bethlehem, according to police.
The lady’s body has been recovered by the District K9 Search and Rescue team, although the bodies of the two males are yet to be retrieved due to a provisional withdrawal of the search caused by bad weather conditions and heavy current flow.
The Provincial Commissioner of the Free State, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane has urged community members to exercise special care and caution in isolated dams and rivers especially after heavy rains.
“We also urge parents to sensitize children to refrain from swimming in dams unsupervised, or crossing rivers with heavy flowing waters or strong current.” she added.