Man disappears underwater while trying to ‘cool’ himself in river

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A 29-YEAR-OLD man from Bulawayo’s Nkulumane suburb drowned while swimming at Khami River on the outskirts of the city.

The deceased who was self-employed as a builder has been identified as Frank Musungwa.

The tragic incident which occurred on Sunday afternoon was confirmed by Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube who discouraged members of the public from losing their lives unnecessarily by swimming in water bodies that are not swimming pools where there would be professionals on standby to help them when they face difficulties.

“We would like to strongly discourage members of the public from taking chances to swim in water bodies that are not swimming pools as there would be no professionals on standby to help them when they face difficulties,” said Insp Ncube.

By Monday afternoon police from Sub-aqua unit were reportedly still busy at Khami River searching for the deceased’s body.

It is reported that on the tragic day, Musungwa and his work mate Itai Manhenhe (48) went to Khami River to wash their clothes and while they were still there the now deceased decided to swim saying he wanted to ‘cool’ himself since it was hot.

That is when he reportedly jumped into the river and after a few minutes he disappeared in the deep waters.

Shocked by his disappearance, Itai rushed to report the matter to the police.

A relative to the deceased Dalington Manunure said the family was at a loss of words and was still trying to come to terms with Musungwa’s sudden death.

He said the deceased’s body was yet to be retrieved from the river.

“His body has not yet been found and we are hopeful that police will recover it soon,” he said.

Musungwa is survived by his wife and two children aged four and two weeks.

— HMetro

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