Two school children and a house help last Sunday drowned in separate incidents at a beach in Glefe, a suburb of Accra.
They include a 17-year old-girl whose name was given only as Abiba, Edem Tuglo, 15, a form two student of the Dansoman No.2 Basic Schools, and a 13-year-old boy also named only as Kobi.
A fourth person, Meriama Faisail, a mother of two, was rescued by a passerby who saw her struggling in the sea waves.
She was rushed to the hospital after her rescue where she was treated and discharged.
The late Abiba’s last pose at Glefe beach.
In an interview with Edem’s mother, Patience Agboli, she said her son sought permission that fateful day to play football at the beach .
She said a few hours later she rushed to the beach after she was informed that two boys playing at the beach had drowned.
However, on reaching there she only saw Edem’s shirt on the beach — nursing the hope that her son was not among the two boys said to have drowned.
But her hope was short lived as Edem did not return after 6:00pm, the time he usually comes home.
Edem’s body washed ashore on Monday, along with Kobi’s.
An eyewitness account indicated that the two boys rushed into the sea after the ball they were playing was kicked into the sea.
The eyewitness said boys rushed to pick the ball and in the proccess got drowned.
Mr. Charles Tuglo,(right) and his wife patience(left)
Traumatized Meriama Faisail, who also almost drowned at a different location at the beach told Myjoyonline.com Abiba persistently demanded that they go to to the beach together to the point where she had no option but to give in.
According to her, when they got to the beach, Abiba decided to take a swim while she lay on a mat, but suddenly she had a strong urge to dip her feet in the water.
She said after a few minutes in the sea, she had a blackout until she regained consciousness at the hospital. She is certain she was saved by Divine intervention.
The bodies of all three teenagers have since been deposited at the Korle Bu mortuary for autopsy.
Glefe was recently hit by a devastating floods as result of a spillage by the Weija dam which made residents living along the banks of river Densu homeless.
The Assembly man for the area Emmanuel B.B. Gboyor has expressed his condolence to the bereaved families.
He advised parents to take proper care of their children in order to prevent them from going to the beach.
He said he was shocked by the news since its has not occurred before. He said he will see to the setting up of a taskforce to patrol the beaches.
Story by David Andoh | Ghana | myjoyonline.com
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