Young woman drowns at Mile 4 on Christmas Day

26 Dec 2016 15:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 26 DEC (NAMPA) - An 18-year-old woman drowned while trying to save a family member who was on the verge of drowning at Mile 4 beach in the Erongo Region on Christmas Day.
The deceased has been identified as Doree Ueriuka Semba.
A police incident report from Detective Chief Inspector Erastus Iikuyu on Monday indicates that the incident took place at 16h15.
The deceased and her relatives were celebrating Christmas at the beach when 16-year-old Hillary Keingos went to swim but was caught by a strong wave and struggled to come out.
“It was at that time that the brave Semba jumped in to rescue her but unfortunately, the sea was very rough and the waves were too strong for her too,” Iikuyu said.
Iikuyu said a male relative later dived in to rescue the girls, but only managed to save Keingos.
The E-Med Rescue team retrieved Semba’s body the same day.
Keingos was rushed to the Cottage State Hospital and her health condition is stable, said the detective.
Doctor Thomas Iihuhua, a family member of the deceased, said she was staying at his house in Swakopmund. Her parents are in Okakarara.
He said the grieving parents are not in a position to talk to the media but confirmed the funeral is expected on Saturday in Okakarara.