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A 28-year-old fisherman of Boseja ward in Maun recently drowned in the Thamalakane river at Shokomoka settlement near Shorobe after the canoe he was using capsized following a hippo attack.
The deceased was accompanied by another 31-year-old fisherman of Shokomoka when the incident occurred on Saturday 14th.
According to Assistant Superintendent Kgakgamatso Koboyatshwene of Maun Police, they received a report about the two fishermen having drowned in the river and police together with the Botswana Defence Force scuba divers immediately rushed to the scene on a rescue mission.
He said a furious hippo is reported to have hit the canoe used by the fishermen and they lost control as the vessel capsized. He further said the 31-year-old fisherman managed to swim out of the river for safety, while the deceased disappeared into the water. He said the search team of scuba diver could not retrieve the body of the deceased by the time it got dark, and the search mission was deferred to the following day.
The search team managed to retrieve the lifeless body of the 28-year-old man at around 2 pm and was rushed to Letsholathebe II Hospital where he was certified dead.
The assistant superintendent has since urged members of the public, especially the fishermen to always be vigilant and cautious of dangerous aquatic animals when using the river. He also encouraged people to avoid going to the part of the river where these animals are mostly found to avoid such similar incidents from happening again.
The assistant superintendent further encouraged fishermen to also learn basic swimming and water safety skills as they can reduce the risk of drowning and also for them to wear life jackets when in the water. Meanwhile Koboyatshwene indicated that the incident was the second to be registered this year alone.