Boy drowns in a dam at Ovitoto

17 Apr 2015 11:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 17 APR (NAMPA) – A 14-year-old boy allegedly drowned in an earth dam at the Ondamekondo village in the area of Ovitoto on Thursday afternoon.
The village is situated approximately 48 kilometres south-east of Okahandja in the Omatako Constituency of the Otjozondjupa Region.
The deceased has been identified as Petrus Nanub. His close relatives were informed of his death.
Nanub was a Grade Seven learner at the KV von Maree Primary School in Okahandja. He had gone for holiday to the Ondamekondo village.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa upon enquiry Friday morning that Nanub was swimming with two friends.
She said the deceased picked up a stick and then walked a few metres away from his friends into the dam, allegedly for him to determine the depth of water by measuring it with the stick.
“But suddenly, Nanub disappeared underwater while still holding the stick; he re-appeared shortly afterwards but disappeared again,” said Mbeha.
His two friends then informed some community members about the incident.
The police were also alerted, and his lifeless body was retrieved from the earth dam the same day.
No foul play is suspected, Mbeha stated.
Police investigations into the matter continue.