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Friday, September 25, 2009

Seven Bodies Washed Ashore After Beach Jam

Seven bodies have so far been washed ashore at the Bola Beach in Osu, as corpses of casualties who got drowned in the sea last Monday keep arriving at the average of two per day.

The bodies are believed to be those of holidaymakers who went swimming last Monday and by Wednesday, six bodies had been washed ashore with the seventh one arriving yesterday. More bodies are expected to be washed ashore.

They have been deposited at the Police Hospital. One of the bodies was identified as that of Kofi Sasu by his relatives. Five of the bodies were recovered by the Osu Police and two by the Ministries Police. The Osu District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Peter Yembilla, told the Daily Graphic that on Monday, the Osu Police had a report from Lt David Dela Kpetigo, a Naval Officer, that Dangyiri Paul, another naval officer stationed near the Castle, Osu, drowned while trying to rescue a drowning reveler at the beach. He said the police also had reports from Prince Afrana, a resident at Kawukudi junction that his 19-year old niece had drowned.

He added that since Tuesday, five bodies, made of one female and four males, had been washed ashore. Sasu’s body was identified by his relates who had earlier suspected that he had drowned. ASP Yembilla said naval personnel had examined the bodies and had maintained that Dangyri’s body was not among those recovered.

He noted that the area around the Independence Square and the Castle, Osu was not conducive for swimming, adding that the currents were high and caused drowning. He warned against drunk swimming saying people who got drunk and jumped into the sea usually lost control when the waves became rough. He also advised organizers of beach parties to ensure that they employed lifeguards to rescue swimmers who were unable to save themselves from drowning.
Source: D. Graphic

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