NZINZE: Married couple died instantly on Sunday afternoon after they were attacked by a hippopotamus while trying to cross the Okavango river at Nzinze village situated some 90km west of Rundu on Sunday evening.
The police only managed to recover the body of the man by Monday morning while the search for the body of the woman still continues police water wing unit by Tuesday afternoon.
The Kavango regional Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton informed this reporter on Tuesday that the couple who are both residing on the Angolan side were visiting their relatives on the Namibian side.
Deputy Commissioner Bampton said upon their return to Angolan side before sunset on Sunday, a hippo then attacked their canoe causing it to capsize.
The deceased couple were identified as Likuwa Simonyo, an Angolan national while his wife whose body is yet to be recovered has been named as Clementine Nevongo, a Namibian national.
Both deceased next of kin have already been informed.
Meanwhile, officials at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism at Rundu said the Ministry will only avail monetary assistance of N.dollars 5000 for each deceased ton be used for funeral arrangements once their investigation also reveals that the deceased’s deaths were indeed caused by the wild animal.
NZINZE; A married couple died instantly on Sunday afternoon after they were attacked by a hippopotamus while trying to cross the Okavango River in a canoe at the Nzinze village, situated some 90 kilometres west of Rundu.
The Namibian Police only managed to recover the man’s body on Monday morning, while the search for his wife’s remains continued on Tuesday.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Kavango Regional Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton informed Nampa on Tuesday that the couple resided in Angola, and had been visiting relatives on the Namibian side of the border when the incident occurred.
The deceased couple have been identified as Likuwa Simonyo, an Angolan national, and his wife Clementine Nevongo, who was a Namibian.
Deputy Commissioner Bampton said they had been attempting to return to their home before sunset on Sunday when the hippo went on the attack, causing their canoe to capsize.
Their next-of-kin have been informed of their deaths.