May 20, 2024

Airforce cadet dies in swimming pool of popular Abia hotel

An Air Force cadet identified as Emmanuel Chidiebere Onyeomereneche reportedly died in a swimming pool tragedy on Tuesday.

He died in the swimming pool of Damgrete Hotel in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

A source who spoke with DAILY POST on the condition of anonymity said the deceased went to the facility to swim at a time the pool was undergoing renovation.

It is however not clear if the victim was informed about the ongoing renovation exercise before he dived into the pool.

His body was later recovered by men of the Abia State Fire Service and later confirmed dead at the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia.

He was rescued with his swimming trunks, indicating that he apparently had prepared to swim before the unfortunate incident happened.

He was said to have disappeared from the pool at about 6:37 pm on Tuesday but was recovered around 9:58 pm. The swimming pool was said to be in a bad shape, making the rescue effort difficult.

According to reports, there was equally no divers to assist in the rescue effort till the arrival of men of the state fire service.

The Army Public Relations Officer of 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Lt. Innocent Omale confirmed the incident.

According to him, the late Onyeomereneche was said to be hanging out with his friends when he suddenly decided to jump into the swimming pool.

As at the time of this report, investigation is still ongoing on the circumstances surrounding the death of the cadet.

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