24-year-old woman drowns in swimming pool while on Facebook Live

The family of Hellen Wendy Nyabuto, 24, mourns her loss after she tragically drowned while live streaming on Facebook.

The nurse was swimming at the Key Motel in Chatsworth, Ontario when the incident occurred. She was seen smiling and engaging with her viewers in the now deleted video.

“I feel great,” she was heard to say moments after it went live.

Nyabuto is said to have ducked her head under the pool a few times, but around 10 minutes into the live stream she was seen struggling to get some air. The video then turned into a nightmare for viewers. She appears to dive into the deepest end of the pool before being seen kicking and waving her arms.

She made her last sound 11 minutes into the video before it all went silent.

Nyabuto found three hours later

Hellen Nyabuto

Photo credit: Enock Nyabuto GoFundMe

Unfortunately, the live video lasted three more hours before two men discovered her body. Men first mistook her for a dog because of her curly hair, The Star reports.

“I thought it was a poodle or something,” one man says when the other asks what was in the water.

When they realized it was Nyabuto, they called for help.

A family cries

Her father said she lived in Canada for three years to work and advance his studies.

“I lost my daughter who loved me so much. It’s now been about four or five years since we last saw each other, but we used to talk on the phone all the time,” her father told Citizen TV.

Nyabuto helped his father support his family. His younger sister, Enock, says she helped their father with school fees and other education costs for his four younger siblings.

Enock describes his sister as someone with a “lovely heart” on a GoFundMe page the family created to bring his body home Kenya.

“Everyone who met Wendy was in high spirits,” says Enock. “She was passionate about her work and touched many hearts.”


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