Two young footballers drowned in the Zambezi River during a swimming expedition on Thursday afternoon and their bodies were yet to be recovered by Friday evening.
Elson Mathe (24) and Thamsanga Ncube (22), who were attached to Victoria Falls’ Division One side Mosi Rovers, drowned at gorge number six along the Zambezi River.
The ravine is some distance away downstream from Victoria Falls Hotel’s gorge number four, where several bodies have been retrieved in separate drowning incidents that have occurred over the years.
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In a statement, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said the deceased and their two friends, Lucas Sibanda and Brian Dlamini had gone swimming when the tragic incident happened. The statement read:
Two people are feared to have drowned after they disappeared in the water while swimming on the Zambezi River.
On 27 August around 2 pm, the victims together with Lucas Sibanda and Brian Dlamini went to Zambezi River gorge number 6 to swim.
Around 3.40 pm while they were swimming, a huge wave of water approached and they failed to swim out.
Meanwhile, rafting kayakers had sailed down the river checking for the bodies but found none.
Police had also earlier used a helicopter from a local helipad company to search for the players’ bodies but could not locate them.
The search was expected to resume on Saturday morning when the Bulawayo sub-aqua team was expected to join the search mission.