Tragedy strikes South African river baptism ceremony with 14 confirmed dead

14 people have been confirmed dead after a group of people were swept away in the Jukskei River during a baptism ceremony on Saturday evening.

Johannesburg Emergency Medical Services (EMS) said they were searching for a group of people who were swept away in Alexandra.

Two bodies were recovered on Saturday, with another 12 recovered on Sunday. EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said crews would be returning to the area on Monday to continue the search for the remaining missing people.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson Craig Lambinon said that as many as 18 people may have been swept away in the flash flood. The rescue crew located the bodies of a woman and a teenage girl on Saturday, and another woman was rescued near Arkwright Avenue and taken to hospital.
On Sunday, they recovered the bodies of three men, six women, a girl, a boy, and a toddler.

"It has not been ruled out that one or more cases may not be related to the church baptism and may be from isolated incidents that had not been reported. Investigations are continuing," said Lambinon.

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