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Mennonite teachers drown

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a global disaster relief organization, reported two Mennonite teachers drowned in a flash flood while hiking outside the city of Salatiga, Java.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | BALTIMORE | January 23, 2003

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a global disaster relief organization, reported two Mennonite teachers drowned in a flash flood while hiking outside the city of Salatiga, Java.

The two women, Hannah Showaker, 24, of Newville, Penn., and Alana Fife, 21, of Calgary, Atla., were hiking with another Mennonite volunteer, Daniel Warren, and an Indonesian friend in the Telemoyo mountain area.

Showaker and Fife paused for a photograph and were overtaken by rushing water. Their Indonesian friend was pulled nearly more than 150 feet by the water but managed to swim to safety. Warren was not hurt.

MCC spokesperson Larry Guengerich said the workers were hiking "in a very typical place" not far from paved parking lots. The two teachers were on a school vacation.

Both taught English as a Second Language classes as part of the Serving and Learning Together program.

Both women were recent college graduates. Stowaker was a 2002 graduate of Messiah College, in Grantham, Pa.; Fife, a 2002 graduate of the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba.

During the more than 80 years of the MCC's existence, 18 workers have diedľ15 due to accidents and three from war-related causes, Guengerich said.


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