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Two Grade 10 and Grade 12 boys from Hoërskool Birchleigh passed away after allegedly drowning at a beach during a rugby tournament in Durban on Sunday, 27 March 2022.

According to information, the school was in Durban from 24 March 2022, where learners were participating in a rugby and were scheduled to return on 31 March 2022.

On Sunday morning, the learners and several teachers went swimming at Durban North beach, where some learners were reportedly assisted to shore by lifeguards after experiencing challenges in the water and subsequent to a headcount, it was realised that two learners were missing.

Gauteng Department of Education’s Spokesperson, Steve Mabona says all learners were accompanied back to the accommodation while the teachers proceeded to search the vicinity looking for the two missing learners. The search went on until the evening with no success, after which the educators opened a missing persons case at Durban Central Police Station.

He says this morning, the educators were informed that the bodies of two learners were discovered about 2 kilometers north of the beach from where they went swimming on Sunday.

Police are currently investigating circumstances surrounding the incident. The deceased learners are from Birchleigh and Tembisa respectively.

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