United Kingdom student studying overseas in Israel goes missing while swimming

United Kingdom student studying overseas in Israel goes missing while swimming

The four students were part of a group of seven United Kingdom students, and two students from West Virginia University, based in Amman, Jordan, for the summer for a program focused on Arabic language.

19-year-old TeNiya Elnora Jones of Fort Myers traveled with several other students to Tel Aviv, where they went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea Saturday evening.

The body of the University of Kentucky sophomore, who was in a seven-week exchange program in Jordan, washed up on a Israeli beach early Monday, according to The Times of Israel. Two of the students were able to make it back to the shoreline, Jones did not.

Jones was one of seven United Kingdom students, and two students from West Virginia University, who were participating in a summer Arabic language program based in Amman, Jordan. That effort is ongoing.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with TeNiya, her family and the students and others impacted", the statement issued Sunday morning said.

'We are in continual contact with Teniya's family, officials in Israel, officials from the State Department and our Congressional delegation, to provide all the support we can for the family, students and others involved.

Jones is one of nine students studying in Jordon on an exchange program.

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A 19-year-old student from Florida in an exchange program in the Middle East drowned while visiting Tel Aviv, according to family members. Arrangements are being made for them to travel back to Amman, Jordan.

University officials say they are also in contact with the other students in Tel Aviv, who are safe. One stayed behind in a Tel Aviv hotel.

The US Embassy in Israel said it has been providing consular services to Jones' family.

Blanton said United Kingdom officials are still working with Jones' family on travel arrangements. Myers, was swimming late on Saturday night when a strong current pulled her and two friends out from shore.

Jones' exceptional GPA, hard work and determination, made her a great applicant for the University of Kentucky's premedical program, which she was accepted into and going to start next month. 22, was shot and killed in a double homicide in Fort Myers in December - said she has received an outpouring of support from her daughter's high school classmates and fellow college students. "She is loved. You were easily attracted to her personality", Thomas-Mora told the News-Press.

"She's a decent swimmer", Thomas-Mora said before her daughter's body was found.

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