DAKAR, Senegal (AP) A second Gambian athlete in the space of a few weeks has died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe.
A spokesman for Gambia's wrestling federation says they've been informed that wrestler Ali Mbengu died trying to get to Europe on a boat of migrants. Federation spokesman Matarr Saine says they were told of Mbengu's death by his manager.
Fatim Jawara, a goalkeeper with the Gambia women's soccer team, died last month trying to reach Europe from Libya. Authorities say both athletes are believed to have drowned.
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Saine said Mbengu was one of Gambia's best-known and highest paid wrestlers, and couldn't explain ''why he should embark on this perilous journey.''