The UK’s Daily Mail publication reports today August 17, 2011 that Minta, 24, slipped into the fast-flowing Gave d’Oloron river in Navarrenx, in the Aquitaine region of France, close to the Pyrenees and the border with Spain.
“Mr Minta was swept away beyond a small dam and eventually disappeared from two friends who were trying to save him,” the publication said quoting a local police official after his parents, Moses and Victoria Minta, back home in Houston, Texas, had been informed.
The incident happened on Wednesday August 10, 2011 at the riverside popular with picnickers and police officials say they are still investigating the matter.
According to the Daily Mail, Minta 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 and has impressive academic results which had already won him funding to start his research at Lincoln in the autumn.
His body was due to be repatriated to America with the assistance of the US Embassy in Paris, and his funeral is due to take place at Braeswood Church in Houston on Saturday, the publication indicated.
By Ekow Quandzie