Man drowns after apparent epileptic seizure

24 Jul 2013 05:00
MATENDE, 24 JUL (NAMPA) – A 45-year-old man drowned in the Okavango River at Matende village on Sunday after he apparently had an epileptic seizure while washing himself in the river.
The village is situated some 30 kilometres west of Rundu.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator in the Kavango Region, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton said Wednesday that the man, who suffered from epilepsy, had allegedly gone to the river in order to wash himself and fetch water.
While he was in the river, he collapsed and drowned.
The deceased has been identified as Johannes Sikumbu, a resident of Matende village.
His next of kin have been informed, and the police have since opened an inquest docket.
Sikumbu was the second person to drown in the Okavango River over the weekend.
On Saturday, at the Shamaghongo village situated some 170km east of Rundu, a 28-year-old mentally ill man allegedly drowned in the river.
The deceased, who was identified as Werner Sherenyi, was last seen by family members when they all turned in for the night on Saturday.
The next morning, one of the deceased’s brothers went to visit him in his room to see how he was doing, but could not find him. The family members followed Sherenyi’s footprints, which led them up to the riverbank.
After an intensive search, the family members discovered his remains floating in the river.