The incident took place on Sunday 28th November 2021 in Sunzu village, Nkenke cell of Kinoni sector in Burera district, Northern Province.
Before they went to swim, the three students were along with colleagues at a nearby football pitch where their school participated in inter-schools’ football competition.
The executive secretary of Kinoni sector, Marie Nyirasafari has said that their bodies have been retrieved and taken to Ruhengeri Hospital for postmortem.
He appealed on residents to avoid swimming in the lake noting as more people have drowned in it due to its structure.
“We want schools to alert local leaders and security officials in case they are organizing similar events to prevent such incidences,” he said.
The deceased include a 18-year old male student from Musanze district who was studying Construction in senior four, 21-year old girl hailing from Rubavu district who studied in senior six, the same option and another young man aged 19 from Nyabihu who was studying Tourism in senior five.
IGIHE has learnt, by press time, that the head teacher and prefect of discipline who had escorted students to the match have been arrested.