Nine-year-old drowned while on vacation at the Kruger National Park

The incident took place at the Skukuza day visitor area on Saturday, 16 July 2022 late in the afternoon. The South African National Parks (SANParks) reported a security officer, noticed the deceased floating while he was doing his rounds.

He jumped into the pool, pulled him out and performed CPR while waiting for medical assistance. Unfortunately, the patient was pronounced deceased by the Skukuza Residential Doctor who attended to the incident. Reports suggest that the deceased was with his family, visiting the KNP at the time of the incident.

said SANParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla

The SANParks management conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the family of a of the deceased.

The South African Police Services (SAPS) were notified and their forensics team removed the body after collecting evidence they needed at the scene. An inquest docket has been opened by the police and the results of the investigation will be communicated to the next of kin in due course.

The names of the family members and the deceased are being withheld for privacy.