UPDATE: Malawian national dies in SADC special forces exercise

06 Oct 2013 12:00
UPDATE: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) reported late on Sunday afternoon that one of the South African officers had been found. Very little information was available, but Nampa understands that he was found alive. More details to be provided as information becomes available.

SWAKOPMUND, 06 OCT (NAMPA) – A Malawian military officer died early on Sunday morning, while two South African officers are missing at sea after their boats capsized some 50 kilometres south of Walvis Bay.
The officers were participating in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) special forces war games exercise when the boats capsized due to bad weather conditions.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa told Nampa on Sunday the two boats were each occupied by seven defence force officers.
The majority of the officers managed to swim to shore.
The name of the deceased could not be revealed as his next of kin was yet to be informed.
In an unrelated incident, a five-year-old child died on Saturday afternoon when the driver of a Toyota pick-up lost control of the vehicle.
The accident occurred on the road between Henties Bay and Usakos.
Kashuupulwa indicated that the driver was transferred to Windhoek for specialised medical treatment, while the remaining three passengers are being treated in Usakos.
She also reported that an accident which occurred late on Saturday afternoon on the road between Karibib and Otjimbingwe claimed the life of another five-year-old.
Kashuupulwa explained that the accident occurred after the driver of an Isuzu pick-up lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn.
Four of the passengers were transported to Windhoek for treatment.