Body found in search for missing Syrian swimmer in England’s River Thames

A body has been found in the search for a missing Syrian refugee who got into difficulty swimming in the River Thames. (File/Shutterstock)
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Updated 25 June 2020

Body found in search for missing Syrian swimmer in England’s River Thames

  • Alryabi went missing on Tuesday in a stretch of water called Lulle Brook in Cookham, Berkshire
  • The body of a man in his 30s was discovered at about 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Thames Valley Police said

LONDON: A body has been found in the search for a missing Syrian refugee who got into difficulty swimming in the River Thames.
Eyad Alryabi went into the river to try and help his friend who had been struggling in the water, but got into difficulty himself, UK newspapers reported.
Alryabi went missing on Tuesday in a stretch of water called Lulle Brook in Cookham, Berkshire. The brook is connected to the River Thames.
The body of a man in his 30s was discovered at about 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Thames Valley Police said.
“Formal identification has not yet taken place. His next of kin are being supported,” the police force added.
The death is being treated as unexplained and not suspicious.
Police were called to the area on Tuesday after reports that two men had been swimming in the water and had got into difficulty.
A man aged in his 30s, thought to be Alryabi’s friend who he was trying to help, was brought to safety from the water, and taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.
A third man who had entered the water to assist left unharmed.
“Our thoughts are with both men’s families during this very upsetting time,” Thames Valley Police said.


Eight monks catch virus at remote Greek Orthodox site

Updated 21 September 2020

Eight monks catch virus at remote Greek Orthodox site

  • Mount Athos, a 1,000-year-old site and one of the Orthodox Church’s most venerated places, has 20 monasteries and almost 1,700 monks
  • The community, known for its austere rules, is almost completely isolated in a mountainous nature reserve in the Macedonia region

ATHENS: Eight monks have tested positive for coronavirus and their monastery in a remote Orthodox Christian community in northern Greece has been quarantined, a Church official said on Monday.
One of the monks was taken to hospital in Thessaloniki in a serious condition, said the official who declined to be named.
It is not the first outbreak at the Mount Athos site — four monks tested positive in March after traveling to Britain but recovered quickly.
Mount Athos, a 1,000-year-old site and one of the Orthodox Church’s most venerated places, has 20 monasteries and almost 1,700 monks.
The community, known for its austere rules, is almost completely isolated in a mountainous nature reserve in the Macedonia region.
The country’s lockdown from March to May hit the Church hard, wrecking its Easter celebrations.
Church leaders disputed some of the science behind the confinement rules — agreeing to halt masses but refusing to ban communion.
Greece has so far registered 338 deaths and more than 15,000 infections from the virus.