- He explained that Mr Izuma, who was ferrying two of his sons, failed to control the canoe after reaching the middle of the river due to strong current and capsized.
By JACKSON MAPAPAYI
A 40-year-old man of Nswanamachunga village in Mwinilunga has drowned in Lunga River after the canoe he was on together with his two sons capsized.
The incident happened on Friday around 12:00 hours, according to North western province Commissioner of police Joe Njase.
Mr Njase identified the deceased whose body has not yet been retrieved, as Given Izuma.
He explained that Mr Izuma, who was ferrying two of his sons, failed to control the canoe after reaching the middle of the river due to strong current and capsized.
“Around 07:00 hours, the deceased together with his wife, his two children and three nieces went to the field across Lunga river to harvest cassava and dug-out canoe was used as mode of transport crossing the said river.
“Then, around 1200 hours the deceased ferried his two sons Grivian Izuma aged 13 and Tasa Izuma aged 11 to the other side of the river going back home, but when they reached the middle of the river the deceased failed to control the said canoe due to current and it capsized,” explained Mr Njase.
Mr Njase explained that the oldest son managed to the other side of the river while the young one was rescued by his mother.
He said body has not yet been retrieved and that the family has been advised to continue searching for it.