Four confirmed dead after Hartbeespoort boat fire

Four confirmed dead after Hartbeespoort boat fire

Four people have died after a party boat caught fire on the Hartbeespoort Dam this afternoon. Emergency services say about 200 people were on board when the boat caught fire. 

Hartbeespoort Dam Boat Fire
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Hartbeespoort Dam Boat Fire - 1HEMS

Hartbeespoort Dam Boat Fire - 2HEMS

One person burned to death inside the bathroom and three of the victims drowned after jumping into the water.

A number of passengers were assisted by small private boats which approached the scene. 

Hartbeespoort EMS spokesperson Jerry Bouwer says some of the small boats capsized after being overloaded.

Bower says they are currently on scene treating the injured and are trying to account for all the passengers.

The cause of the fire is still unkown.

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