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Search for missing baby continues after Johannesburg’s Jukskei river incident


On December 3, a group of worshipers who had gathered for a christening ceremony along the Jukskei River in Johannesburg, South Africa, were swept away by a flash flood. Rescue teams have been searching around the clock for bodies and survivors since the incident.

Search operations for a missing three-month-old baby are continuing more than a week after the Jukskei River tragedy, according to rescue officials, quoted by local media.

The child was part of a congregation that had gathered in Bramley Park along the river to hold a naming ceremony and was swept away by the floodwaters.

The three-month-old was said to have been with two family members at the time of the flood. They are among 15 bodies found so far.

Search groups continue their efforts to find the missing. The operation involves police, firefighters and specialized water rescue teams. According to local media, there is no precise information on the number of people who attended the ceremony.

Officials say they have consistently warned residents that holding such ceremonies is fraught with danger. According to Jill Fortuin, executive director of drowning prevention at the National Sea Rescue Institute, the organization is frequently called upon after a baptism has gone wrong.

“It is not safe to do baptisms in rivers, dams and the sea. There are so many reasons why it is not safe – because sometimes the river has rocks and worshipers do not know not the depth of this river,” she said.

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The Jukskei River is located along many townships in the eastern part of Johannesburg. Religious congregations tend to gather along the river to perform religious rituals such as baptisms and purifications.



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