Two people drown in Chobe River

14 Nov 2017 17:50pm
KATIMA MULILO, 14 NOV (NAMPA) – Two men drowned in the Chobe River in the Zambezi Region last week after the boat that carried them capsized.
The boat was carrying five people, in addition to corrugated iron and zinc sheets and poles.
Three people survived the incident with the assistance of members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), who were patrolling the area.
NamPol’s Zambezi Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Evans Simasiku on Tuesday told Nampa that the deceased were identified as Kabuku Chelezo and Dennis Mwileli, both 24 years old and residents of Kasika.
Their next of kin are informed.
Simasiku said the incident happened last Wednesday and the bodies of the deceased were retrieved from the river on Friday.
He said the boat capsized because of overloading and heavy winds recorded on the same day.
The three survivors have already been discharged from the Impalila Health Centre where they were admitted for injuries sustained from the iron and zinc sheets and boat engine propeller.
Simasiku cautioned those living in flood prone areas to be careful when crossing the river by boat.
(NAMPA)
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