Two students die while swimming in Hunyani River

Arron Nyamayaro

TWO students drowned while swimming in Hunyani River near Manyame Park in Chitungwiza on Tuesday.

The Grade 5 and Form 3 students were in the company of another student, who was rescued by a woman doing her laundry, on the riverbank.

Harare provincial deputy police spokesperson, Inspector Webster Dzvova, said the bodies of the two students were retrieved yesterday.

“Police confirm the death of two children who drowned in Hunyani River. The bodies were taken to Chitungwiza Central Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.

“The now deceased were reported to have gone to the river from school,” he said.

Insp Dzvova urged parents and guardians to warn children about the dangers of swimming in rivers and shallow pits.

A Manyame Park resident said the students could have been taken by a mermaid.

“There are mermaids in Hunyani River. This is the second time children have drowned while swimming at the same spot.

“Two weeks ago, a woman believed to have been conducting rituals disappeared at the same area.”

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