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Nelson Mandela University students drown in: One dead, one missing

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Oct 24, 2021

Gqeberha police have made a tragic confirmation on two Nelson Mandela University students who drowned in the Eastern Cape coast on Saturday 23 October – one student has died while another remains missing.

POLICE CONFIRM DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA STUDENT

The high education institution’s students were at a swimming event when the terror struck at Sardinia Bay beach in Summerstrand.

The dead student was seemingly rescued in time but unfortunately lost her life after she had been broad to the shore.

“It is alleged that a Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO) event was taking place at the beach when at about 11:30, a male and a female student went into the water to swim,” South African Police Service (SAPS) Colonel Priscilla Naidu said.

“The female, after experiencing difficulty, managed to swim to shore however while being attended to by paramedics, she passed away.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SECOND STUDENT

Meanwhile, SAPS divers have been working around the clock to find the second Nelson Mandela student who drowned. As of late Saturday afternoon, the police had yet to find the missing student.

“The male has still not yet been found. Divers searched the sea for about two hours without any sign of him.

“Names of both students are being withheld until their families have been traced and notified.”

Meanwhile, NMU has released a statement to regret the devastating misfortune of the young lives:

“Nelson Mandela University is saddened by news of the passing of a student during a DASO event this afternoon. It is understood that the student drowned, and another is still missing.

“The University extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased student. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the family and friends of the missing student.

“Counseling has been arranged for the affected students, and the University is working with the relevant authorities in the search for the missing student,” the university concluded.

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