- 20 people reportedly drowned at the Apan beach on Sunday, March 7, 2021
- A total of twelve bodies have so far been retrieved with eight of them still missing in the sea
- The search party is still on the high seas looking forward to retrieving more bodies
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On Sunday, March 7, 2021, it was reported that some children had drowned at the Apam beach in the Central region.
Numbering over 20, they went to play football at the beach and decided to go and swim afterward.
According to a report filed by Graphic Online, the incident occurred around 5 pm when the children between the ages of 14 and 17 years went through an illegal route through a lagoon.
The report indicated that the children took that route in order not to be noticed by the leadership of the fishermen at the beach due to the directive on the closure of beaches.
A total of twelve bodies have so far been retrieved with eight of them still missing in the sea.
Further information revealed that as the children were swimming, they were swept away by heavy tidal wind and got drowned.
Confirming the incident, the Apam District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Moses Osakonor said information got to him around 6 pm on Sunday, when the relative of one of the victims reported that his 15-year-old nephew had drowned with other kids.
DSP Osakonor noted that some of the children who were rescued were currently receiving treatment at the St Luke Catholic Hospital in Apam.
One of the survivors, a 14-year-old boy, told the police that they were more than 20 in the water.
DSP Osakonor said the search party is still on the high seas looking forward to retrieving more bodies.
In other news, a group of youth, about four in number, who are residents of Tefle in the South Tongu District reportedly came out to mount an illegal speed ramp.
Information obtained directly by YEN.com.gh indicates that the ramp was on the Tefle township road connecting Tefle Motorway to Sokpoe highway which is under construction.
It is indicated that the unauthorized speed ramp composed mainly of sand and stones was mounted because a motorbike had knocked down an old man riding a bicycle in the early hours of March 6, 2021.
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