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Tragedy hits Kenya school games as teenage
student rugby player drowns in Indian Ocean

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- The annual Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association school games got off to a tragic start when a teenage student who was due to participate in the event drowned in the Indian Ocean in the coastal city of Mombasa.

Daniel Mokua, a form four (final year) student at Muhuri Muchiri Secondary School had travelled to Mombasa, the second largest city in the country to represent his institution in rugby sevens that kicked off on Tuesday.

Tragedy struck when Mokua and three of his team mates reportedly sneaked out of the games village for a visit to the beach when teachers were having a team managers meeting.

"It’s a big blow.

"The tides were a bit strong and the strong waves hit him and pulled him towards the deep sea.

"It took the intervention of the beach boys, who immediately dived to save him, but they were late since he had already passed on," Muchiri head coach, Kikechi Kombo told Xinhua from Mombasa.

"It’s a big blow for us because we have lost a good player and dedicated student.

"There is nothing that could have been done to save him," Kombo added.

Eye witnesses said the tragedy could have been bigger if his team mates, who wanted to go rescue him, were not restrained by the beach boys.

"This waves are usually very strong and require somebody with experience otherwise one risks drowning with the person he was trying to save," one of the beach boys Omar Bonga said.

Sources at the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association that organizes the games said Mokua’s parents had been informed and are expected in Mombasa on Tuesday when arrangements will be made to transport the body.

             

 

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