President Trump despatched condolence cables to the households of two faculty college students from Saudi Arabia who drowned in June whereas attempting to rescue two younger kids from a Massachusetts river, the Saudi embassy in Washington confirmed Monday evening.
Theeb al-Yami, 27, and Jaser al-Rakah, 25, jumped into the Chicopee River on June 29 as the kids had been fighting the present. In keeping with witnesses, the 2 college students had been overcome by the present themselves and swept away.
In keeping with MassLive, the physique of one of many college students was recovered later that day. The opposite pupil’s physique was recovered close to a dam on July 2. The youngsters had been rushed to a close-by hospital and discharged that night.
Each al-Yami and al-Rakah had come to the U.S. to review engineering at native universities. Al-Yami attended the College of Hartford in Connecticut, whereas al-Rakah attended Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.
In every of the Aug. 9 cables, Trump stated that each males had “exemplified great braveness by placing[their] personal life in danger … [Their] heroism represents the perfect of humanity, and [their] noble actions will at all times be remembered.”
“Melania and I ship our ideas and prayers to you throughout this sorrowful time,” the cables concluded. “Could you discover power within the inspiring legacy of [Theeb and Jaser’s] selfless sacrifice.”
The cables had been first reported by Al-Arabiya.
Fox Information’ Wealthy Edson contributed to this report.