Nganjone Ngombe, 23, drowned in the Ruacana River after trying to lead two horses to the other side of the river last week.
According to his friend; Lucas Kapeleki, Ngombe offered to help his Angolan friend who had bought horses in Namibia to take them to Angola.
"The Angolan guys were struggling to lead the horses to the other side of the river, then Ngombe suggested he ride on one and lead the other," After riding on one and leading the other into the deep, Ngombe fell from the horse,” Kapeleki narrated.
"I’m told the Angolans were too scared to go into the river and called for help and by the time some people who were prepared to go in the water with canoes came, Ngombe’s body was no longer visible" said Kapeleki.
He further said attempts to find the body by the police and members of the community failed and it was believed that Ngombe had been attacked by a crocodile.
"As days went by, it was logical to assume that he had been eaten by a crocodile. That explained the disappearance of the body without a trace," explained Kapeleki.
In the afternoon of the fourth day, however, according to Kapeleki, the body was discovered at the river.
Regional crime co-ordinator of Omusati Region, Chief Inspector Bonifatius Kanyetu confirmed Inquest 10/2012 and said the body came afloat because of a number of chemical reactions that happen when it was under water.