Nkhata Bay district has been registering an increase in number of cases relating to drowning. A recent incident saw a 32 year old man identified as Laban Chipeta drowning in Lake Malawi as he was trying to rescue a boat that was blown off by strong winds.
Confirming the development to News Watch Reviews, the districts Police publist Ignatius Esau said on November 11, 2016, Mr Franklin Kumwenda Mulira who is a fisherman tied his boat on the shores of lake Malawi at Chikale area.
“Due to strong winds, his boat was blown off into the lake and this prompted him to start looking for it. Laban Chipeta offered himself to assit in the search and together with Mr Mulira, they took a canoe and paddled into the lake”, said Esau.
“Just after paddling 20 metres into the lake, the canoe they were sailing on capsized. Mr Mulira swimmed to the shores whilst Laban failed to do so hence he drowned”, affirmed Esau.
Laban was rushed to Nkhata Bay District Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. Postmortem that was conducted at the same facility detected suffocation as cause of death.
The deceased hailed from Kamwadi village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mkumbira in Nkhata Bay district.
Meanwhile, police in the district are appealing to people to avoid sailing on the lake whenever there are strong winds so that deaths of such kind may be avoided.