Man dies in lion attack, another in hospital

A 67-year-old man of Ghani in the Okavango Sub-district recently died following an attack by a lion at Diniva cattle post.

The deceased, who was hospitalised at Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital and later succumbed to his injuries, was trying to rescue his acquaintance who was mauled by the lion suspected to have killed their livestock.

Shakawe Station Commander, Sup. Goitsemodimo Molapisi said in an interview that the deceased, together with 10 other men and armed with a gun, tracked a lion which they claimed killed their livestock.

He said the lion attacked them and injured a 65-year-old man who was recovering at Gumare Primary Hospital.

Superintendent Molapisi said the men ran for their lives safe for the deceased who tried to rescue his friend. He said the lion then left the first man to attack the deceased.

He said the victims were referred to Gumare Primary Hospital where the deceased was referred to Letsholathebe I Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Meanwhile Sup. Molapisi said a 30-year-old man of Maun was assisting the police with investigations after his unattended vehicle rolled and hit a woman who was resting under a tree waiting to catch the ferry in Mohembo West.

He said allegations are that the 83-year-old women of Gudigwa was to cross the river to the other side when the vehicle ran over her leaving her with serious wounds on the left leg.

He said she was admitted at Gumare Primary Hospital, adding that the driver if found guilty would be charged with leaving the vehicle unattended.