Two Zambian Students drown in Mediterranean

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Two Zambian Students who were studying in Algeria have drowned in Mediterranean Sea.

The two who were on an Algeria, Zambia scholarship drowned yesterday, Sunday, June 3, 2018 when during a celebration at the beach.

The Ministry of Health in Zambia has confirmed the development in a press release below in Lusaka this evening.

LUSAKA, 4th June 2018- GOVERNMENT deeply regrets the drowning of two students in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday 3rd June this year.
Minister of Health Hon Dr Chitalu Chilufya, who is Acting Minister of
Higher Education, confirmed the incident today in Lusaka and
identified the deceased as Kelvin Musanda, 19 and Innocent Kawilo
Kangwa, 20.
The deceased were students on the Zambia /Algeria Government Scholarships.
Kelvin was a first year student in Material Science while Innocent was
a first year student in Electrical Engineering.
The deceased met their fate while in the company of a Zambian
Community and other foreign students, based in Tlemcem, Algeria who
had gone to the Beach to celebrate the completion of the French
Language instruction by the first year students.

A strong wind swept Kelvin and in a bid to rescue him by Innocent, was
also taken by the wave resulting in both students drowning.

They were both retrieved from the Sea but pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

The Government, through the Zambian Embassy in Cairo, responsible for Algeria is doing everything possible to repatriate the remains of our
students back to Zambia. The Education Attaché is being sent to
Algeria to coordinate the process.

As a caring Government, we are profoundly saddened by this tragic loss
of vibrant young Zambians. We request the rest of the Nation to put
the families of the deceased Zambian students in their prayers.

Issued by
Stanslous Ngosa
Head-Media Relations
Ministry of Health


One Response to Two Zambian Students drown in Mediterranean

  1. Really sad news for these young men to lose their lives just like that, I am sorry for their parents.
    I think people going in other countries need to be informed about some strange weathers and other things we do not experience in our land locked country Zambia , to my thinking the cause of this tragedy the tide ,is that by the sea there are periods of times when tides come the shore with huge waves .
    This behaviour of the sea is a phenomenon never experienced in Zambia, with out the knowledge about this tide no one warned them about this so they were caught un aware of the huge wave that took them .

    June 4, 2018 at 8:56 pm

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