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Lebanese Young Man Dies in Guinea After Saving Two People From Drowning

Lebanese Young Man Dies in Guinea After Saving Two People From Drowning

Wednesday, 14 August, 2019 - 07:30
Photo of Hussein Fsheikh, who died while saving two people from drowning in Guinea. (NNA)
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Hours after his disappearance, news emerged about the death of Lebanese teenager Hussein Fsheikh in Guinea, West Africa, where he emigrated two years ago.

Head of the Higher Relief Committee Maj. Gen. Mohammed Kheir announced that Guinean authorities officially informed him that the body of a teenager who drowned in the Konkouré River while trying to save two people from drowning belonged to Lebanese Hussein Fsheikh.

He died after rescuing an Egyptian woman and an African young man from drowning in a waterfall in the Conakry region of West Africa, where he was washed away by the river.

The young man was born in 1994 and had visited his family for the last time on Eid al-Fitr, in his hometown of Btormaz in Dinnieh, North Lebanon.

Kheir said under the directives of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, contacts were ongoing with authorities in Guinea to take the necessary measures to return the body to Lebanon as soon as possible.

In a Tweet, Hariri mourned the death of Fsheikh, saying: “Martyr Hussein al-Fsheikh, a Lebanese ambassador for chivalry, nobility, and courage, drowned in Conakry as he was rescuing two people from inevitable death.”

The premier expressed his sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased and to all people of Btormaz in Dinnieh.

Lebanon’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants expressed in a statement on Tuesday its “sincere condolences” to the family of the deceased and to the Lebanese Diaspora in Guinea.

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