Search for drowned boy continues

First drowning for festive season recorded

08 December 2019 | Local News

Henties Bay

A drowning incident involving an eleven year old boy Prince Samuel Pietersen was reported to the police yesterday in Henties Bay.

According to the commander for community affairs for the Erongo region warrant officer Ileni Shapumba the incident occurred at around 13:18.

“It is alleged that four boys aged between 11 and 12 years old went swimming. Three got out of water while the victim Prince Samuel Pietersen remained in water. Suddenly the others heard the victim screaming for help while he was trying to get out. The boys got scared and ran away to get an adult person to come and help. The victim drowned and his body was not found yet.”

LifeLink crewmembers rushed to the beach after it was reported to them that the child drowned.

With the help of the Henties Bay Firebrigade, NamPol and members of the Erongo Community Services an extensive search were conducted. However, the body of the child was not recovered and the search continues.

Henties Bay emergency services request members of the public to be on the lookout and report anything to the emergency control centre on 999.

Shapumba also urged parents and the community at large to keep an eye on children at all times, especially when they go to the beach.

“If kids are to swim, it should be done under strict supervision to avoid unfortunate incidents,” he said.

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