UCC student drowns

A twenty-two year-old first year Biological Sciences student of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Albert Lamptey Gormey, drowned in the sea opposite the Latter Day Saints Church in Cape Coast, last Saturday, April 20, 2013.

According to a police source, Gormey, a resident of the Kwame Nkrumah Hall of the UCC, joined his colleagues from the National Union of Presbyterian Students-Ghana to play a fun game at the beach, near the spot where the Savoy Hotel has erected canopies and seats to serve as a joint for revellers.

The source said the incident occurred around 4.40 p.m. on that fateful day when the ball they were playing fell into the sea and Gormey decided to go and pick it.

According to the source, the leader of the group had also then decided to pick the ball but when the deceased realised that the leader of the group was also in the process of picking it, he Gormey decided to swim instead.

It said even though the operators had erected a sign to caution people to not swim at that part of the beach due to its depth and the underneath whirling currents, Gormey ignored the caution and went ahead to swim.

The source said the students realised too late that Gormey had been carried away by the currents and that neither fishermen nor rescuers were available to save him.

It said due to the depth of that portion of the sea, the fishermen who cast drag nets hardly operated in that location.

According to the police, the body was found the next day around 2p.m. by some fishermen when it was washed ashore at the beach behind the Philip Quaicoe Boys School, near the Bakaano District Police Headquarters in Cape Coast.

Story: Joe Okyere/The Mirror

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