TWO 'lovebirds drowned while celebrating New Year's holiday at Damview near Prince Charles Dam in Seke.
A 21year-old Charmaine Nyakata of St Mary's was reported to have drowned while making love to Munashe Nedziva,17, of Manyame Park.
The bodies were retrieved by police sub aqua divers yesterday morning. Munashe was reported to have drowned while trying to save Charmaine and bodies were found naked with their clothes placed on stones at the edges of the dam.
Charmaine's uncle Silvester Lafoti told H-Metro that the family suspects that the two were taken by a mermaid believed to be in the dam.
"We have lost a girl who was so brilliant and expecting to do her upper six this year," said Silvester.
"We are not sure of what actually happened but from what we gathered from the people who were celebrating New Year at the place we are convinced that the two were taken by a mermaid.
"We heard that a beer bottle was first spotted floating on water and an unusual movement of water was seen before they drowned raising belief that a mermaid took them.
"Charmaine was a good girl although signs of misbehaving were showing up these days and it's sad to know that she was with her lover when they drowned.
Charmaine's body was found without eyes forcing the family to suspect a mermaid but fish mongers dismissed the fear saying fish could have feasted on the body. Efforts to get a comment from Munashe's family and police were fruitless by the time of going to print.