DIVERS from the Namibian Navy were called to retrieve the body of the 14-year-old Clive Hevita from the Atlantic Ocean at Independence Beach on Saturday.
According to the incident report provided by the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region, the tragic drowning occurred between 12:00 and 15:00 while Hevita and a group of his friends were swimming in the sea.
The incident report states that Hevita went for a swim with his friends and that he at some stage experienced difficulty in getting out of the surf. Attempts by his friends to rescue him were not successful and he eventually drowned.
According to the report, the group of friends only informed Hevita’s parents of their son’s death at about 17:00. The parents informed officers at the Tutaleni Police Station immediately and the Navy divers were summoned to assist with retrieving the body.
The team of divers found the boy’s body at about 18:45 in the vicinity of the place Hevita’s friends pointed out.
The body was transported to the Walvis Bay State Hospital for the purposes of certification of death and further handling under health regulations currently in place.