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Ngapee Merenga, a man who drowned in the sea near Salford Quays, has been recognized.
Ngapee, from Ardwick, was swimming with friends from his football club when he vanished under the water on Sunday evening, according to reports. Until the emergency services came, a number of young men are claimed to have made desperate attempts to save him.
He was 19 years old.
Died In The Water At Salford Quays
At around 7.40 p.m., the corpse of a 19-year-old man was pulled from the sea, according to Greater Manchester Police. Friends and family gathered today to pay their respects to Ngapee at the scene of the tragedy.
Some laid flowers at the water’s edge, while others wrote heartfelt remembrance inscriptions in chalk. Yahya Mazhar, 18, was a member of the East Central Falcons FC in Ardwick, where he played football with Ngapee.
He called his pal a “nice man” who was also a brilliant footballer. The players had a match on Sunday morning before traveling to Salford Quays for a swim, according to Yahya.
Longsight resident Yahya said: “We had been here for about an hour and we’d been swimming.”
“We were about to go and Ngapee said he wanted to jump in one last time. He jumped in and never came back up.”
The tragedy was described as “devastating” by Yahya.
He and the rest of the squad have set up a GoFundMe page to assist Ngapee’s family with funeral expenses.
Yahya said, “He always just such a good guy and always smiling,”
“If we’d lost a game of football afterwards he’d always find a way to get our heads back up. I’ve trained with him for a while and he meant a lot to all of us.”
Ngapee, a striker, was the highest goal scorer for East Central Falcons FC last season, with 17 goals and two assists in 14 games.
Friends claim he put in a lot of effort in football and studied sports science at The Manchester College’s Nicholls campus.
Ngapee and his family are said to have migrated to Manchester from Namibia about five years ago. East Central Falcons manager and coach Mike Edwards called Ngapee a “genuine legend.”