View Full Version : Young Ghanaian Oxford Student Is Swept To His Death In River

18th August 2011, 12:35 AM

An Oxford University student drowned in front of two despairing friends at a beauty spot in rural France, police said today.

Kojo Minta, 24, slipped into the fast-flowing Gave d’Oloron river in Navarrenx, in the Aquitaine region close to the Pyrenees and the Spanish border.

He had just received a distinction in his end-of-year exams at St Hilda’s College and was due to start a DPhil in history at Lincoln College. Mr Minta died as he spent a summer afternoon on an idyllic riverside popular with picnickers and bathers.
A police spokesman said: “He was swept away beyond a small dam and eventually disappeared from two friends who were trying to save him.

“It seems he had lost his footing and was not a very strong swimmer. An English tourist in a separate group raised the alarm and emergency service boats and a rescue helicopter arrived soon afterwards.

“The victim had been swept under the river by the time he was located. He had been in the water for about 20 minutes by this time. More than an hour was spent by a doctor trying to resuscitate him but to no avail.
“The man’s friends were in a terrible state and had to be treated for psychological shock. It is normally a very safe, beautiful stretch of river. Many people swim there”

Mr Minta, who had moved from the US to study at Oxford, had been on holiday with friends in a cottage at Lay-Lamidou, a nearby hamlet. The accident was a week ago. Mr Minta’s name was released after his family in Texas - parents Moses and Victoria and siblings Anna and Kofi – were informed.

He followed a long line of talented Americans who have studied at Oxford, including former President Bill Clinton - whom Mr Minta had met at Pennsylvania University.

Mr Minta had just left St Hilda’s where he had been vice-president of the postgraduate common room. He had won funding to start his research at Lincoln in the autumn. A student who knew him well at St Hilda’s said: “Kojo was an absolutely brilliant student, who everybody loved and admired. He was gentle and kind – an inspiration to anyone who knew him. This is a devastating loss.”

His sister Anna describes him on a memorial website as being “well-known for his kindness, wit, style and love of cooking, as well as his scholarly mind”.
Mr Minta had travelled to North Africa to study the effects of human trafficking on local communities and had also helped to open a library in Ghana.
Source: Evening Standard,UK

18th August 2011, 01:30 PM
oooohhhh quite pathetic.....May his soul rest in peace.

SMH....some of us there are no rivers in our hometowns so we dont play with water......hmmm

Fashion Yaa
18th August 2011, 02:43 PM
this is too chilling...i hope a foundation is started in his name cuz all this is unforgettable