President Trump sent condolence cables to the families of two college students from Saudi Arabia who drowned in June while trying to rescue two young children from a Massachusetts river, the Saudi embassy in Washington confirmed Monday night.
Theeb al-Yami, 27, and Jaser al-Rakah, 25, jumped into the Chicopee River on June 29 after the children began struggling with the current. According to witnesses, the two were overcome by the current themselves and swept away.
According to MassLive, the body of one of the students was recovered later that day. The other student’s body was recovered near a dam on July 2. The children were taken to an area hospital and discharged that evening.
Both al-Yami and al-Rakah had come to the U.S. to study engineering at local universities. Al-Yami attended the University of Hartford in Connecticut, while al-Rakah attended Western New England University in Springfield, Mass.
In each of the Aug. 9 cables, Trump said that both men had "exemplified tremendous courage by putting[their] own life at risk … [Their] heroism represents the very best of humanity, and [their] noble actions will always be remembered."
"Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to you during this sorrowful time," the cables conclude. "May you find strength in the inspiring legacy of [Theeb and Jaser’s] selfless sacrifice."
The cables were first reported by Al-Arabiya.
Fox News’ Rich Edson contributed to this report.
Published at Tue, 21 Aug 2018 02:30:00 +0000