NamPol officers retrieve bodies of drowned children at Oshana

Divers from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) have on Tuesday successfully traced and removed the bodies of children drowned separately at Ohakweenyanga and Omaalala villages in the Oshana Region on Monday.

The search started on Monday, but it was only on Monday the NamPol Special Reserve Force's divers could retrieve the bodies.

Warrant Officer Frieda Shikole-Ashiyana of the NamPol Public Relations Unit in the region confirmed the recovery and removal of the two bodies from the water.

Reportedly a 13-year-old Grade 7 B learner from Oikango Combined School, Bernhard, drowned in the Kapunda earth dam at Ohakweenyanga, while the second child of 10 years and identified as Thomas Halo drowned in a water pond at the neighbouring village of Omaalala.

The two incidents occurred around 15h30 and 18h30, respectively. It is alleged that Bernhard was on his way from the school with two other fellow learners when he drowned whilst swimming, and the two other learners have failed to rescue him.

Halo drowned after also trying to swim, but further details regarding this incident were not immediately available.

The next of kin of the two deceased children are informed of their death.

Source: Namibia Press Agency