7 Kenyan students drown after being hit by giant wave

2015-08-13 15:27

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Nairobi (dpa) - Seven Kenyan students who were on an annual trip organised by their school drowned while swimming in the Indian Ocean, a regional official said on Thursday.

At least 49 other students were rescued from the sea after being hit by a tidal wave on Wednesday, said Salim Mvurya, governor of Kwale County.

The incident occurred at Diani Beach, a tourist destination south of Mombasa, where the pupils aged between 13 and 15 had arrived from central Kenya.

Mvurya told journalists that the school authorities should have consulted the beach administration before allowing the students to swim the sea.

Several drownings have occurred in the area, where a calm sea can suddenly metamorphose into huge waves.

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