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Boy drowns during swimming expedition

19 October 2015, 13:05 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A 12-year-old school boy drowned Saturday in Maragua River, Murang’a County, during a swimming expedition with his friends.

Paul Karanja was a class six pupil at Gathera primary school.

According to Red Cross Murang’a South Branch Coordinator Rachel Njeri, a team of divers was sent around 12.00 noon to assist in retrieving the body of the deceased.

Njeri said that according to the reports presented to her office, Karanja’s friends did not report the incident immediately for fear of being reprimanded.

She said as the boys swam, they realized that Karanja had disappeared, but even after going home they made no efforts to inform his parents immediately.

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The coordinator pointed out that later the boys confessed to Karanja’s mother, Mary Wanjiku that they had gone to the river to swim could not trace her son after the expedition.

The shocked mother did not tell her husband immediately but instead said that Karanja had gone to visit his cousins who lived few kilometers away.

Area assistant chief, Jane Njeri said such cases of children going to swim after school were on the rise in the region.

She said that she had instructed teachers to sensitize pupils in their respective schools on dangers of swimming in rivers, noting that this will avert more accidents.

The administrator called upon parents to always take an active role in guiding their children and also know on their whereabouts at all times.

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