A 17-year-old boy of Tati Siding Village, 15 km from Francistown, drowned in a ditch last Sunday.
The Station Commander of Gerald Police Station, Mothibi Motsholathebe, said that the boy and five of his friends had been on an expedition to collect mophane worms in nearby bushes of New Stands location in Tati Siding and he informed his friends that he wanted to swim as it was very hot.
He then proceeded on to swim while the friends were in the bushes. After some time, his friends looked for him but could not find him; they checked the ditch but he was no where to be seen.
They then alerted the parents who reported the matter to the police.
The police went to the scene and, with the help of soldiers, managed to retrieve the body from the water.
The deceased boy was a former student of Francistown Senior Secondary School who was waiting for the Form Five school leaver’s results.
The ditches are believed to be the aftermath of a company that constructed roads in the village.