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Sad: Man drowns while taking 'selfies' along a river bank

A 23-year-old man fell into river and drowned while taking selfies with friends during an adventure walk with friends.

Africanspotlight.com reported that Elvis Keter, a Kenyan was joyfully taking the photos with friends on Friday along the bank of a river when he slipped and drowned.

All efforts by friends to rescue the young man proved futile.

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His father, Henry Kilel who could not believe the occurrence said, “I received news about my son’s death at 7pm Friday while at Salgaa trading centre. The news broke my heart.”

His heartbroken mother, Esther Wanjiru Kilel also said his son’s promising future was truncated.

“My son revered education. He also liked people, he liked everyone. He was the head of the youth in Migaa area. People liked him too. He was a good young man, whom we raised in a Christian setting,” she said.

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Narrating the incident, a friend of the deceased, Alvins Ng’eno said “We took several selfies. During that process, my cell phone rang. As I was moving away to pick the phone, I heard Keter asking one of the ladies we were with called Purity, to take a picture of him alone. He moved a step back. It is at that point that he slipped and fell into the river.

“Purity started screaming. When we looked into the river, I saw his head and hands emerging through the water surface. A few minutes later, his body was fully submerged in water. The incident happened at 5:30pm. When I was preparing to jump into the river to go look for Keter, residents, who had now gathered on the banks of the river, warned me against doing that, saying the river was too deep hence dangerous,” said Ng’eno.

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