Hamtramck teen drowns in Detroit River

By Charles Sercombe

Hamtramck is mourning.

Nadaa Thabeet, 16 years old, died last Sunday.

The teenager and her 11-year-old sister apparently, according to her family, were swept away by a wave while on the east side of the Belle Island shoreline. Nadaa and her father were able to rescue the younger girl, but Nadaa apparently was carried out further into the river by strong currents.

She was last seen floating, with only her feet visible. Detroit police recovered her body near Belle Isle on Wednesday.

The family lives in Hamtramck and is part of the Yemeni community. Nadaa was a student at Frontier Academy in Hamtramck.

Initial media reports said the two sisters decided to take a swim. The Yemeni family’s translation of what happened might have been misunderstood.

Her body was found on Wednesday after an exhaustive search by Detroit police and the Coast Guard. A funeral is scheduled for today, Friday, May 28, at the Dix Mosque in Dearborn, at noon.

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