Malawi Police are calling upon the general public who visit Lake Malawi to avoid swimming whilst drunk so that deaths caused by drowning may be avoided.
This call comes after two people have been reported dead in a short period of time after drowning in the Lake while drunk.
The first incident happened at Chikale beach on September 4, 2016.
The recent incident involved a 29 year old man identified as Chalika Chisale who has also died after drowning in Lake Malawi.
Information made available to this Publication by Nkhata Bay Police Publist, Ignatius Esau states that on September 13, 2016 during the morning hours, the deceased left home for beer drinking within his village.
“We can confirm with you about the incident. We received a report from his 59 year old mother, Mrs Hellen Ngwira that her son went to a drinking joint and after that he proceeded to Fuwu fishing camp for swimming”.
“Whilst swimming, its when the deceased drowned and eventually died. Efforts by fishermen who were around the place to rescue him proved futile as he was already dead by the time they were taking the deceased out of the water”, said Esau.
After the matter was reported to the police, together with medical personnel, visited the scene and postmortem that was conducted showed that the deceased died due to suffocation.
The deceased hailed from Chigowa village under Traditional Authority (TA) Malengamzoma in Nkhata Bay district.