Up to 20 children are missing and feared dead after going swimming in a river at Apam in the Central Region on Sunday, March 7, 2021.
Out of the said number, eight (8) bodies have been retrieved from the sea.
The District Police Commander of the area, DSP Moses Osakono who confirmed the incident to local media intimated that a joint team of the police and town folks have been dispatched to the scene in hope of retrieving the remaining bodies.
DSP Osankono disclosed that the river in the Gomoa West District has been closed to the public since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused a global scourge.
The deceased were part of children who willfully breached the by-laws restricting people from accessing the river, according to the Police.
“No one has been visiting the sea. We made a clarion call to ensure no one goes to the sea. We were shocked. It was a shock to us this morning.”
“They [children] did not use the usual route that leads to the sea. They said the children used the joint near the river. Even those who are around the area could not see them,” the District Police Commander said.
He also mentioned that rumours were widespread on Sunday evening that an unidentified person had drowned in the river, however, the police were duly informed of the incident this morning, which turned out to be that of the said 20 children.
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By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana