Twenty unidentified children died after swimming to the sea in Apam, in Ghana’s central region, last Monday.
According to Adom News, district police commander DSP Moses Osakono, who confirmed the incident, eight bodies had recovered from the sea.
DSP Osakono said police and a search team had been dispatched to the scene in the hope of recovering the other bodies.
According to him, the Apam Sea has been inaccessible to the public since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. “No one has visited the sea. We made a bugle call to make sure no one went to the sea. We were shocked. It was a shock to us this morning,” he said.
Osankono said that after speaking to community leaders, it was determined that the children were not seen as they made their way to the sea.
«They (the children) did not take the usual route to the sea. They said the children took the path near the Apam River to the sea. Even those in the area could not see them. »
He revealed that there had been rumors on Sunday night that someone had drowned, but police were informed this morning of the incident, which turned out to be that of the 20 children. After further investigation, four more bodies have been recovered, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 12. Three other people are in critical condition and have been sent to the hospital for treatment.
According to police, the 12 people who died are between 14 and 17 years old. Their bodies were deposited in the morgue of the Apam District Hospital for autopsy.
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