Former President John Mahama has donated GH¢10,000.00
to the families of the teenagers who drowned at Apam, Central Region.
He also gave GH¢ 3,000 to the Apam Fishermen
Council who assisted with rescue efforts.
His running mate in the 2020 general election, Prof. Jane Opoku- Agyemang,
who led the National Democratic Congress delegation to Apam on Thursday,
March 11, 2021, made the donation on behalf of Mr Mahama.
The donations are to support traditional rituals and the burial service of
the young victims of the fatal drowning that had befallen the nation.
Last Sunday’s incident is believed to have claimed the lives of more than 20 teenagers.
So far, 13 bodies have been retrieved from the sea.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang consoled the bereaved families and
engaged the two survivors and their families.
Also, she expressed her appreciation to all those who helped
with rescue efforts, especially the Fishermen Council,
the youth of Apam, management and staff of
St. Luke Catholic Hospital and the District Police Command.
Survivor Narrates – Apam drowning:
According to 15-year-old Kwaku Abbrew, the spot where they
went swimming was familiar to them and a strong tidal wave caused the tragedy.
“When we were being carried away by the sea, we managed
to swim back but realised that some of our friends had been
carried away by the tidal wave. We were over 25.”
“The second tidal wave was more dangerous as most of our
friends were carried away. We normally go to the area to swim,
but I was a bit surprised by what happened. We normally go
to the very spot to swim on Sundays,” Kwaku Abbrew said.
Apam drowning: 13 Dead – 2 Survived
The body of a 16-year-old boy, who drowned with about 20
other teenagers in the Apam sea, has been recovered.
This brings the number of dead bodies to 13 with two who were
found alive currently receiving treatment.
The boy, whose body has been deposited at St.Luke’s Hospital
at Apam, was reportedly found lying ashore.
However, it is believed that more bodies are yet to be retrieved
as one of the survivors disclosed they were about 25.
The teenagers reportedly went to an area where swimming
is not permitted along the shores of Apam on Sunday, March 6 to swim.
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