(Xinhua) -- The annual
Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association school
games got off to a tragic start when a teenage
student who was due to participate in the event
drowned in the Indian Ocean in the coastal city of
Daniel Mokua, a form four (final
year) student at Muhuri Muchiri Secondary School had
travelled to Mombasa, the second largest city in the
country to represent his institution in rugby sevens
that kicked off on Tuesday.
Tragedy struck when Mokua and three of his team
mates reportedly sneaked out of the games village
for a visit to the beach when teachers were having a
team managers meeting.
"It’s a big blow.
"The tides were a bit strong and the strong waves
hit him and pulled him towards the deep sea.
"It took the intervention of the beach boys, who
immediately dived to save him, but they were late
since he had already passed on," Muchiri head coach,
Kikechi Kombo told Xinhua from Mombasa.
"It’s a big blow for us because we have lost a
good player and dedicated student.
"There is nothing that could have been done to
save him," Kombo added.
Eye witnesses said the tragedy could have been
bigger if his team mates, who wanted to go rescue
him, were not restrained by the beach boys.
"This waves are usually very strong and require
somebody with experience otherwise one risks
drowning with the person he was trying to save," one
of the beach boys Omar Bonga said.
Sources at the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports
Association that organizes the games said Mokua’s
parents had been informed and are expected in
Mombasa on Tuesday when arrangements will be made to
transport the body.