International student from Tanzania drowns in Buffalo River

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The Newton County Sheriff’s Office said a man from Tanzania has drowned in the Buffalo River.

Allen Buberwa, 22, is a native of Tanzania but was attending North Arkansas College as part of an international student program. 

Representatives of the college were on scene throughout the search and have been in contact with Buberwa’s family both in the United States and in Tanzania.

Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said his office received a call just before 6:00 P.M. on Monday, May 6th that a swimmer was in distress at the popular swimming hole.

Officials arrived on scene and were told by witnesses that the man had not been seen in several minutes. Witnesses said four men had tried to swim across the river to reach a rope swing on the other side.

Two were not strong swimmers and soon were in distress. The other two were able to get back to the two distressed swimmers and rescued one, but the second went under and did not resurface.

Divers located the body shortly after 11:00 P.M. and Newton County Coroner Cody Middleton pronounced him dead at the scene a short time later.

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