Reports: UK student's body washes ashore after drowning in Israel

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The body of a student from the University of Kentucky who was studying abroad in the Middle East was found early Monday, according to reports.

TeNiya Elnora Jones, a sophomore, was swimming on Saturday in the Mediterranean Sea with two other students. Jones, 19, who is from Fort Myers, Florida, was studying in a summer program focusing on Arabic language.

One of the students swimming with Jones said they were pulled out to sea after being caught up in a strong current. The other two students made it back to the shoreline, but Jones did not. Her body washed ashore in Tel Aviv, Israel, according to the Times Of Israel website.

Israeli officials had initiated a massive search-and-rescue effort once students called them.

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Family members confirmed the tragedy to the Fort Myers News Press, the daily newspaper in the family's hometown.

One of Jones' professors at UK said stood out as an insightful student.

"She constantly exceeded any expectation placed in front of her," assistant professor DaMaris Hill said. "She is a leader among her peers and contributed greatly to the intellectual discussions in our course."

UK's president, Eli Capilouto, issued the following statement about the tragedy, which includes resources for grieving students and staff:

"On Saturday evening, one of our University of Kentucky students, TeNiya Elnora Jones, was involved in a swimming accident in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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