President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sympathized with the families of the teenagers who drowned at the Apam beach on Sunday, March 7, 2021.
Mourning with the people of Apam, the President donated an amount of GHC36,000 to the chiefs, elders and bereaved families as a sign of support in these challenging times.
The donation was made on behalf of the President by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mavis Hawa Koomson, who was in the company of the Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan.
Mass burial for victims of Apam drowning
The District Chief Executive Officer of the Gomoa West District, Mr. Bismark Baisie Nkum has scheduled Tuesday, March 16, 2021, as the date to hold a mass burial ceremony for the deceased teenagers.
The burial ceremony for the 13 persons will take place at 10am at the St. Luke Catholic Hospital, Apam.
In a statement available to Original News, Mr Nkum said, “13 dead bodies have been retrieved from the sea along these coastal communities in Gomoa West District: Gomoa Abrekum, Gomoa Mankoadze and Apam. The ages of the retrieved bodies are within the range of 13 and 17. Two of them are females and 11 are males.”
“Two of the victims were residents of Gomoa Ankamu (Apam Junction) and 11 were residents of Apam,” he added.
Two victims were however rescued on the same day of the incident.
He said the two were sent to the “St. Luke Catholic Hospital for treatment and were subsequently discharged the following day.”
In order to prevent future occurrences, “the District Security Council (DISEC) is working to ensure a greater partnership with Chief fishermen and their team of managers of the six (6) coastal communities within the District to form Local task force at the various landing beaches to ensure security during daily activities. DISEC will also intensify the already existing sensitization program along the coast.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana