A Zambian woman drowned at a beach in Perth, Western Australia on Friday 26th December.Cathy Bwalya Chikwanda was pulled unconscious from the water at Trigg Point Beach.
The 28-year-old was swimming 250 metres north of the patrolled area at Trigg when she got into difficulty about 2.20pm on Friday.outside the patrolled area when she got into difficulty at about 2.20pm.It is understood her husband and another family member were with the woman and raised the alarm.
Surf lifesavers and paramedics spent 30 to 40 minutes trying to resuscitate her before she was taken to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Surf Life Saving Western Australia spokesman Andrew Matraszek said it was unclear how the woman got into trouble.
“The sea breeze was in the afternoon when this incident occurred, so that certainly wouldn’t have helped… but there was a small swell, sort of a 1 or 1.5-metre wave, really tragically, quite a nice beach day,” he said.
“It appears that she was down at the beach with a family group and she entered the water at a sort of remote corner of the beach.
Mrs Chikwanda, originally from Zambia, moved to Perth about 10 years ago.In WA, she studied at the International Career Institute and worked as a law clerk and in a cafe.
Her husband yesterday said he was struggling to come to terms with the tragedy.The couple were married a year ago in their native Zambia.
Family members have set up a crowd funding page for donations to return Mrs Chikwanda’s body to Zambia for burial.
Her death did not deter swimmers at the same spot on Saturday who ignored “no swimming” signs and the nearby flagged area.