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Shock and grief has struck students of two institutions in Siaya County after two lovers said to have been taking selfies along the R. Yala drowned and swept by the raging waters.

The two, identified as Derrick Auka, a third-year student at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology [JOOUST] and his girlfriend Shallete Atieno of Bondo Technical Training Institute, were on a scenic tour of the area before the incident occurred.

According to a witness, Shallette was standing on a stone while taking selfies before she slid and fell into the water.

Shallette Atieno
Shallette Atieno


Her boyfriend dived into the river in a rescue attempt which also ended fatal after being overwhelmed by the powerful currents.

Police and locals have still camped at the river trying to search for the two bodies, residents being assured of conclusive investigations which would be done to establish what exactly happened at the scene

The incident happened around 3pm on Saturday.

Derrick Auka was a third-year JOOUST student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture while Shallette was pursuing a Diploma in Supply Chain Management at the Bondo Technical Training Institute.

Derrick Auka
Derrick Auka

The incident comes barely a year after another JOOUST student drowned in Lake Victoria during an outing in 2017.

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