• July 12, 2020

Lockdown Fun Leads To Little Boy’s Death By Electrocution in South Africa

Pedre, 11-year-old schoolboy was electrocuted to death by a bouncing castle his parents hired for him and his sister for three weeks as a treat during the lockdown in South Africa.

The parents, Paul and Rhodine De Beer wanted their son and 5 yr-old daughter Anele to beat boredom during the lockdown – they hire the inflatable bouncing castle for them and their friends to play on.

Pedré de Beer, 11.

Reports confirmed that  Pedre tripped over the motor of the bouncing castle as he was being chased by a friend and started ‘shaking violently’ in front of his mom.

The terrified mother tried to pull Pedre off the motor but suffered an electric shock from the 240-volt charge.

Paramedics arrived at the scene where the boy’s parent made all effort to revive him but despite an hour-long battle, the emergency services declared him dead.

Elzona Meyer, a paramedic, consoles Rhödine de Beer, whose 11-year-old son, Pedré, was electrocuted on Monday. With them is Pedré's sister, Anelé, 5.

The castle has been deflated and is being examined by experts to see what went wrong.

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The owners of the bouncy castle refused to comment on the electrocution and death of the little boy until after the investigation into their equipment is completed.

Just asking: how does the lockdown and social distancing rule affect children and their friends in the neighbourhood?

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Femi Oshin

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