During a church baptism ceremony in Bethlehem, South Africa's eastern Free State province, three congregants drowned, police said on Sunday, November 22.
On Saturday, 21 November 2020, the adults, two males aged 24 and 25, and a female aged 24, drowned at the Liebenbergvlei dam near Bethlehem. They were part of a Botshabelo congregation and allegedly drowned during the baptism.
The female body was recovered by the Search and Rescue Team of Lejweleputswa District K9, while the two men are still missing because the search was temporarily withdrawn due to poor weather conditions and strong water flow.
Cases of inquiry for further investigation were reported.
Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, Provincial Commissioner of the Free State, urged community members to exercise special care and caution, especially after heavy rains, in isolated dams and rivers.
"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.