Body of drowning victim recovered in Kunene River

04 Jan 2015 18:50pm
OPUWO, 04 JAN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has recovered the body of a 24-year-old American man who drowned in the Kunene River at the Epupa water falls on 31 December 2014.
The body of the deceased, John Peterson, was recovered about 15 kilometres west of Epupa Falls on Sunday.
According to the police officers who were conducting the search, the body was found wedged between rocks and was airlifted from the river with the assistance of a helicopter.
NamPol’s Regional Commander in the Kunene Region, James Nderura told Nampa on Sunday that the search has been concluded and the body will be transported to Oshakati for a post-mortem examination on Monday.
“The body was found at around 10h00, and it took us about two hours to retrieve it from the river where it had been the last five days,” he said.
Peterson drowned while swimming with other people in the Kunene River on Wednesday.
The police deployed divers from Swakopmund and members of the Special Field Force (SFF) to conduct the search which lasted five days.
The deceased was doing voluntary work in Namibia and was attached to the Community Skills Development Centre (Cosdec) in Swakopmund, Erongo Region.