Tragedy as student dies after being rescued from a swimming pool

A swimming excursion at a popular hotel in Eldoret turned tragic when a university student died after suddenly developing an illness in the pool.

The 20-year-old first year student at Moi University was among a group of six students who had gone to Poa Place Resort before the male comrade suddenly became motionless and later died at a hospital in Eldoret where he had been rushed to.

Eldoret East Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) John Owuoth said the student may have developed some health complications while swimming during the 6pm incident on Friday.

Mr Owuoth said the student jumped into the swimming pool when his colleagues discovered that he was sinking.

“His colleagues pulled him out of the swimming pool and at that moment the deceased was still unconscious. We suspected that he may have become suddenly ill while still inside the pool. His colleagues have reported that that he jumped into the water and sunk without swimming,” said the police boss.

He said a doctor who had taken her children to the Resort discovered that the student may have been suffering from a cardiac arrest and started resuscitating him but the condition became worse.

“The doctor assisted and rushed him to the nearby Mediheal Hospital where he died. A postmortem will reveal the actual cause of death,” Owuoth said.

He said police are still recording statements from the student’s colleagues and the hotel management. He could not divulge the identity of the student until his parents are notified.