Posted: Saturday 23rd February 2013 at 19:00 pm

2 Naval officers drown whilst chasing illegal miners

An amateur photo taken of one of the drowned naval officers

An amateur photo taken of one of the drowned naval officers






Two Ghanaian naval officers yet to be identified, drowned in the Pra River Saturday afternoon during a joint military and police operation to clamp down on illegal mining activities polluting the river.

The victims were crossing the river to effect the arrest of some illegal miners, locally called, galamseyers, when the boat in which they were traveling capsized.

One officer tried to save the other who was drowning but they both drowned.

Joy News correspondent William Benjamin Peters reported that both officers were without life jackets.

Residents of sheltered Krobo poured libation before the bodies were retrieved from the river by local divers.

Two police officers who were also in the boat were however rescued.

The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital morgue.



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