Nkhata Bay Police Station officer-in-charge Rhoda Lemani has expressed worry over the rate of drowning cases in the district.
According to statistics from the station, the district has already registered four drowning cases against six the whole of last year.
Lemani, speaking during a meeting with heads of sections at the station on Friday, said it was unfortunate that people were not taking heed of advice from law enforcers.
“It is unfortunate that most of the victims are minors and despite police sensitisation campaigns, people are reluctant to adhere to the message,” she said.
Just a few days after a 14-year-old boy drowned in Lake Malawi last Monday, on Friday March 9 2018 another boy of the same age also drowned.
The boy, Kondwani Kwinika of Kapatavingwe Village, Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba, drowned at Jamrock Beach, according to Nkhata Bay Police spokesperson Cecilia Mfune.
“On this fateful day, the deceased went swimming with his friends at the beach. After some time, the boys dispersed, but passersby were surprised to see some clothes on the beach.
“One of them decided to jump into the lake to search around a big rock where the boys were playing in the water. In the process, he spotted a dead body which was stuck under the rock. Immediately, he pulled the body out of the water and the matter was reported to police who visited the scene. The body was taken to Nkhata Bay District Hospital for postmortem,” she said. n