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Abdul-Jamal Ottun ID'ed as British rugby student who drowned in Shawnigan Lake

07/13/2015 11:00 EDT | Updated 07/13/2016 05:59 EDT
A 17-year-old rugby student from England has drowned while swimming in Shawnigan Lake on Sunday, the B.C. Coroners Service says. 

Abdul-JamalOttun was touring B.C. and was swimming with members of his school's rugby team late in the afternoon of July 12, 2015 when they noticed he was missing.

Ottun's body was found by a dive team from Shawnigan Lake Fire Rescue. The coroners service said on Monday that it's continuing to investigate Ottun's death.

 Ottun attended the Wallington County Grammer School in London, England. 

"He was a very generous individual, always looking for the best in people and wanting to help them achieve great things," said the school's headmaster Jonathan Wilden in a statement.

"Jamal was a very keen sportsman, be it on the rugby pitch, the running track or excelling in virtually any other sporting activity. The short time that he did spend on this trip was characterised by tremendous fun."

Wilden said Ottun's family was devastated and his tragic death will leave a hole in their school community.

The team's rugby team has been cut short and all the students and staff will return to the U.K. shortly. 

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