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    South Africa - Nicholas Upton, 19, GWU student, Cape Town, 30 Aug 2015

    Nicholas Upton

    Missing GW Student Last Seen Swimming in South Africa
    "A student from George Washington University has disappeared while studying abroad in South Africa this past weekend, the school confirmed.

    Nicholas Upton, 19, is a junior at the school and is currently studying at a partner program in Cape Town. He has not been seen since he went swimming in the Eastern Cape Province on Sunday evening local time, GW University Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said in a statement.

    He and a group of other students studying abroad traveled to a surf lodge on the other side of the country and the National Sea Rescue Institute, the country's equivalent to a coast guard, issued a statement saying that "he is presumed to have drowned."

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/...ry?id=33436988
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    Very sad. His family must be heartbroken.
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    It appears six students from a group of 11 were on a spring vacation and went to swim at about 11 p.m. on Sunday near a lodge where they were staying

    Read more: http://www.wfsb.com/story/29925036/s...#ixzz3kW7H6uYI

    It was cold and rainy Sunday, why on earth would he go swimming/surfing at 11pm? It would have been very dark as well.

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    Body of Nicholas Upton, missing GW student, found along South Africa coast
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/g...-africa-coast/

    The body of a George Washington University student was found Friday, five days after he was last seen swimming in coastal waters off South Africa, the university said.
    From Nicholas' university's student newspaper:
    Junior remembered for humor and adventurous spirit
    http://www.gwhatchet.com/2015/09/08/...turous-spirit/
    Nicholas Upton was a constant source of love and comfort to his family and friends, his father said.
    more at both links.

    RIP Nicholas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vail View Post
    It appears six students from a group of 11 were on a spring vacation and went to swim at about 11 p.m. on Sunday near a lodge where they were staying

    Read more: http://www.wfsb.com/story/29925036/s...#ixzz3kW7H6uYI

    It was cold and rainy Sunday, why on earth would he go swimming/surfing at 11pm? It would have been very dark as well.
    Having been a foreign student, it's honestly the rush of feeling invincible at that age combined with the excitement of being in another country. I saw countless countless students do really really risky/unsafe behaviour that they just didn't even think about because of this whole "vacation/foreigncountry/it's not real" aspect. It's a really weird phenomenon, but I honestly saw it over and over and over.

    So so sad when it has tragic consequences.



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