Kenyan Woman Casually Drowns While on Facebook Live

A Kenyan woman reportedly drowned in a swimming pool in Canada while livestreaming on Facebook last Thursday.

The livestream — which is no longer available — shows the woman who goes by Hellen Wendy on Facebook swimming in the water, while occasionally returning poolside to chat live with her friends.

“It’s two o’clock here. Nimetoka job, niko poa (just left work, I’m good); just having fun,” she said at the two-minute mark of the video. This was translated from Swahili to English by African news publication The Citizen.

She is last seen at the 10-minute mark diving into the deep end of the pool. At around 10:35, she’s seen splashing in the water, struggling to stay afloat while screaming.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) says it responded to a report of a drowning in Chatsworth — a community in Grey County, Ontario — on August 18 at 5:44 pm.

“An individual was removed from the water and pronounced deceased after life-saving

measures were unsuccessful,” stated media relations officer Const. Nick Wilson in a news release. “They have been identified as 23-year-old Hellen Nyabuto from North York.”

The incident is still under investigation, but police say it’s “non-suspicious in nature.”

Nyabuto’s family has announced her death on Facebook and through a GoFundMe campaign.

The 23-year-old’s younger brother, Enock Nyabuto, posted a message on Facebook sharing a link to the fundraiser.

He says she lived in Toronto and worked a temporary job in Collingwood. The rest of their family lives in Kisii, Kenya.

“As we all know my sister Hellen Wendy passed in Ontario, Canada, after drowning in the swimming pool,” wrote Enock.

“It is such a devastating and sad moment because she was our sole breadwinner and was the one who was in charge of everything back at home. She has left a very big gap that we cannot fill at the moment.”

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