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Drowned man identified

Drowned man identified

Niël Terblanché


THE body of a man that was recovered from the sea near the Platz am Meer shopping centre in Swakopmund on Monday morning, has been identified as that of the 51-year-old Mark Allinson.


According to the incident report provided by the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region, passersby spotted the body of a man floating in the sea at about 08:20 on Monday morning.


The emergency services were dispatched and the body was recovered by members of the Sea Rescue Team.


The preliminary investigation into the matter revealed that members of the public actually saw a man, that was initially thought to be in his 40’s, jumping into the Atlantic Ocean from the breakwater at the small craft slipway in front of the shopping centre at about 07:30 on Monday morning.


After the body was recovered and taken to the mortuary for further management, the Namibian Police requested the public to assist in identifying the body.


By Monday afternoon the remains were identified as that of Allinson, a British national that was married to a Namibian woman.


The report states that Allinson was unemployed and that he lived in a rented room at a house in the Tamariskia residential area of Swakopmund.


According to NamPol the deceased person’s wife is living and working in Windhoek.


“It is suspected that he committed suicide by jumping into the sea. The motive for his act is still unknown,” the report reads.


According to the incident report, the matter is still under investigation.

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