Zimbabwean man drowns in Lewisville Lake in Texas U.S.A

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Zimbabwean man drowned in Lewisville lake in Texas U.S.A. Details were sketchy at the time of going to press. Zimbabwean community in Dallas is in great shock, people can’t believe what just happened.

Cloud Musonza at Lake Lewisville on the fateful day
Cloud Musonza aka Cloud Mhondiwa at Lake Lewisville on the fateful day

The man was identified as Cloud Musonza aka Cloud Mhondiwa. The man went to the lake with his friends to have a good time on Saturday  but this turned out to be his last day on earth. At around 7pm a lady noticed that Cloud fell into the water & informed his Zimbabwean friends. One of Cloud’s friends known as Simba “Younger” tried in vain to rescue his beloved friend until they had to call the police.

Cloud Musonza....happy times at Lake Lewisville before his death
Cloud Musonza aka Cloud Mhondiwa….happy times at Lake Lewisville before his death

The rescue team came but they tried their best to save Cloud to no avail. They spent the whole night searching for him until 2am. They stopped the search after over 7hours of searching and they decided to resume the searching at 8am Sunday morning(12 June 2016).

Cloud Musonza can be seen in the picture seated on his own just before the tragedy
Cloud Mhondiwa  can be seen in the picture seated on his own just before the tragedy

His body was found around 11am in the lake. Mourners are gathering at his brother’s house Sam Chibaya in Allen  Texas. The address is 1821 Canyon Ct, Allen, Texas 75013.
Cloud Mhondiwa, 37 years old, drowned in Lake Lewisville on Saturday evening June 11th, 2016. A search to find him was suspended Saturday night and he was later located about 7 miles away from the scene Sunday morning June 12th.

Cloud was born in Zimbabwe to Mr and Mrs Mhondiwa and is a twin to Kennedy. He is also survived by his brother Sam Chibaya, sister Tecla Mhondiwa and young brother Owen Mhondiwa.  Cloud leaves behind 3 beautiful kids.

Cloud was a friend to many, with a contagious smile and beautiful spirit. Many will remember him for his care-free spirit and loving nature.

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The late Cloud Mhondiwa

Burial arrangements are under way & Cloud will be buried in his home country Zimbabwe

To help with cloud’s repatriation a “go fund me” has been created

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Cloud Mhondiwa, a 37-year-old Dallas resident, drowned in Lewisville Lake on Saturday evening. The Lewisville Fire Department recovered his body on Sunday morning.

Cich Ganbhle, a friend who was with him at the lake, said he last saw him sitting on the ledge of a rented boat with two women. They had been on the boat at Party Cove for an hour or two when the women who had been sitting with Mhondiwa told a friend on the boat that Mhondiwa had jumped in the lake and stayed underwater for more than 30 seconds. The friend jumped in and looked for Mhondiwa and then called for others to help search. Ganbhle said someone on the boat called 911 while he and several other men jumped in the lake to look for Mhondiwa.

“We swam under the boat and tried to swim deep down, but the water was murky and we couldn’t find anything,” Ganbhle said.

Daron Blackerby, Denton County game warden, said the Lewisville Fire Department and game wardens got the call around 8:10 p.m. and used boats equipped with sonar scanners to search for Mhondiwa until 9:45 before calling off the search for the night. They returned on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. and recovered the body around 11:15 a.m.

Blackerby, who has assisted with many drowning recoveries at Lewisville Lake, said people who are drowning usually don’t thrash their arms or yell, but instead stay silent as they focus on breathing and staying afloat. He said to look for a expression of fear in someone’s eyes and noted that in many cases friends and witnesses were unaware that a person is drowning nearby.

“Where there’s a lot of people congregated is where we usually have problems with drownings,” Blackerby said, explaining that Party cove and swim areas are the most common locations.

He advised people who aren’t strong swimmers to wear life vests, and people who can swim to at least know where life vests are located in the case of an emergency. He said it is better to throw a life vest or other flotation device to someone who is drowning than to jump in and rescue them because a drowning person may cause their rescuer to drown by pushing them underwater.

Ganbhle said Mhondiwa did not know how to swim well. He had probably had two alcoholic drinks but didn’t seem intoxicated.

“Just a few hours before … we were, I mean, he was sitting there Snapchatting and dancing and just having fun. I mean he was probably one of the greatest persons you could have,” Ganbhle said. “Being a single father, he lived with his son, and he was an extremely responsible father.” Mhondiwa’s 14-year-old son was not present when he drowned.

Edward Mutenure said he and Mhondiwa were best friends and that they grew up together in Zimbabwe. Mhondiwa immigrated to the U.S. in 1998 to attend high school.

“He was a fun-loving guy,” said Mutenure. “Very kind to everybody. He had three beautiful kids. Three daughters and one son. A good father. A good person.”

Mhondiwa, divorced, has one daughter, 16, in Zimbabwe, and one daughter, 10, who lives in the U.S. with her mother. Mutenure started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the family travel costs and funeral arrangements. The campaign will help send his two children who are in the U.S. to Zimbabwe for the service.

“His parents in Zimbabwe want to bring their son home to be laid to rest. We are appealing for your support to repatriate his body to his parents and family in Zimbabwe,” reads the GoFundMe page.