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At 17h09, Thursday, 29 September, NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) were alerted to reports from the National 112 emergency call centre of 2 teenagers (believed to be an 18-year-old male and a 16-year-old male), locals, who had gone missing while reportedly swimming in a body of water near to Douglas Dam, near to Spitskop Mine, Ermelo.

The SA Police Services, a Police Dive Unit, NSRI Witbank, ER24 ambulance services, emergency services and emergency support services responded.

NSRI Gauteng were placed on alert.

On arrival on the scene Police divers scuba dive searched. NSRI Witbank rescue swimmers joined in the search conducting free dive sweeping line search efforts.

During the search Police divers located and recovered the bodies of the 2 teenagers from under water.

The bodies have been taken into the care of Government Health Forensic Pathology Services.

Police have opened an inquest docket.

Condolences are conveyed to the families.

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