The four-day search for the two Nkomo brothers who drowned along Zambezi River near Chisuma village has ended after the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Victoria Falls rafting guides team retrieved the bodies this Tuesday.
The two brothers who had gone on a fishing and swimming adventure drowned last Friday.
What was supposed to be a memorable excursion for three young men from Chisuma village ended in a tragedy as two of the Nkomo brothers were swept away by the strong current while taking photos near Zambezi River rapid number 19 commonly referred to by rafting guiders as “The Last Straw”.
The incident brought together Chisuma villagers who conducted vigils near the scene in the hope that the two would emerge from the Zambezi gorges alive.
As each minute passed hopes of finding the two alive were fading and the villagers’ worst fears were confirmed when the rescue team emerged from the gorges with 13-year-old Thando Nkomo’s body on a stretcher on Monday (yesterday).
Exactly 24 hours later, the elder brother Nkazimulo’s body was discovered on the same spot.
“We started to search on Saturday and we have been here for the past days. It was not an easy mission but we are glad that we have managed to retrieve the bodies,” said one villager Mr Benjamin Magomba.
Family spokesperson Mr Headman Nkomo said the family is still trying to come to terms with the unfortunate incident while expressing gratitude to the tourism industry and the villagers for their support.
“We are saddened by the death of the two brothers they were so dear to us as a family,” he said.
So many folklores have been told about the mighty Zambezi River also known as Kasambabezi by the Tonga people and the death of the two reignited the discussion on the sacredness of the area.
The bodies of the two Nkomo brothers were taken to Victoria Falls mortuary and are expected to be buried in Chisuma village.