Bodies of missing persons recovered

19 November 2020 | Accidents

NAMPA

OPUWO



The bodies of a man and a woman who went missing on Sunday have been recovered.

The bakkie they were travelling was swept away by a flash flood when they tried to cross a riverbed on the Warmquelle-Opuwo road on Sunday night.

According to the Kunene NamPol spokesperson, Vehangaiza Ruiter, the accident happened at Okaaru village, 87 kilometres north-east of Opuwo.

Six people managed to escape but the two victims were trapped inside the submerged vehicle, she said.

The man was identified as Kavezepa Herunga, age unknown. The woman's name has not been released as her family has not yet been informed.

Ruiter said the man's body was found on Monday afternoon about 20 kilometres from the main road, while the woman's body was discovered on Tuesday afternoon at Okamboora village near Sesfontein.

The car was discovered two kilometres from the road, she added.

“A joint search-and-rescue operation that was launched on Sunday night involving Opuwo and Sesfontein police and members of the community led to the discovery of the bodies, but the vehicle is not yet pulled out as it is in a precarious zone,” Ruiter said.

Ruiter warned motorists not to cross flooded rivers during the rainy season.

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