In a heartbreaking development, what was meant to be a fun swimming expedition ended in tragedy on Thursday afternoon after two youthful soccer players in Victoria Falls drowned in the Zambezi River. Their bodies are still missing.
iHarare has established that Elson Mathe age 24 and Thamsanga Ncube age 22, drowned at gorge number six, a distance away downstream from Victoria Falls Hotel’s gorge number four.
Apparently, this is not the first drowning incident to happen at the Zambezi River. Several bodies have been retrieved in separate drowning incidents that have occurred over the years. Despite it being a risky area, residents still continue to go to the place for church vigils and leisure.
Police have confirmed the incident and revealed that the deceased and their two friends, Lucas Sibanda and Brian Dlamini had gone swimming when the tragic incident took place.
“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,” the police said in a statement.
Seeing that their friends had drowned, Sibanda and Dlamini rushed home to inform the deceased’s parents who reported the matter to the police.
Efforts to find their bodies proved futile, as rafting kayaks that sailed down the river in search of the bodies but found none.
Police had also earlier used a helicopter from a local helipad company to search for the players’ bodies but unfortunately, the search also yielded nothing.
The mission is expected to continue today while they wait for the police sub-aqua unit from Bulawayo.
The two rising soccer players whose life was cut short were attached to Victoria Falls’ Division One side Mosi Rovers. Ncube was loaned to Chicken Inn and then ZPC Hwange last season>chaosafrica