Two villagers from Makhakavhule area in Beitbridge drowned when their inflatable boat capsized in uMzingwane River on Saturday morning.
They were part of a group of four men who entered the water in an attempt to rescue a cow that was marooned. Two of the men swam to safety.
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The area in which the incident occurred is located 25 km west of Beitbridge town. An eyewitness, Wellington Mudyawabikwa, said:
Searches are now underway. The river started swelling midweek covering the bridge which links us with the town.
The two men were part of four people who wanted to rescue a cow from the river when the boat overturned two metres into the waters.
uMzingwane River is downstream of the overflowing Zhovhe Dam which supplies Beitbridge town with water.