Two university students identified as Ms Sharlet Atieno and Mr Derick Ouka were confirmed dead on Saturday, when they went to Siaya town in Kenya for a photo shoot on the bank of River Yala together with two other friends.
Ms Atieno, a first-year student at Bondo Technical Training Institute, posed for photos on the rocks as Mr Ouka, a second-year student at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, snapped pictures of her. Suddenly, Ms Atieno slipped and fell into the river.
According to reports, her friends thought it was a prank and they burst out laughing. When she didn’t surface, Mr Ouka dived in to rescue her but he drowned too.
The two friends with them, Ms Beatrice Stephanie Atieno, a Kabianga University student, and Steven Omondi tried to save the pair all to no avail.
An eye witness at the sad incident, Steven Omondi said:
I jumped into the river too and got hold of Sharlet but she slipped and disappeared.
The search for the two bodies, which began on Saturday afternoon, were yet to be found as at the time of reporting this sad incident.