4 drowned boys laid to rest

The four got drowned when they attempted to rescue another person who was allegedly drowning in the sea.


According to sources, the deceased were part of about 15 youths who had gone to the Skyy Beach Haven, near the fishing harbour, to have fun on that fateful day.

The names of the deceased, who were all residents of Ketan near Sekondi, were given as Frank Amankwaa aka ‘Juju,’ 18, and a final-year student of a senior high school at Sekondi and Joseph Bonful, 20, former student of a technical school in Takoradi.

The rest are Agya Ackon, aka “Off” and one Evans, who was a welder at Ketan, near Sekondi.

Surprisingly, the person the four persons attempted to rescue, whose name was given only as Julius, 19, and a member of a local brass band group, survived.


Julius is currently receiving treatment at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi.

The bodies of the four persons were retrieved last Monday morning and were deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.

DAILY GUIDE learnt that one of the revellers decided to swim in the sea. When he got near the sea, he saw someone drowning and raised the alarm for the three other boys to join him.

They jumped into the sea and attempted to rescue the individual. Unfortunately, the four, who decided to help, died while the one, who was allegedly drowning, survived eventually.

A source in the area asserted that there was no rescue team in the vicinity and the onlookers were not willing to help resulting in the death of the other persons.


Relations of the deceased persons, who were present at the burial ceremony yesterday, could not hold back their tears as they were joined by well-wishers to bid farewell to their sons.

The classmates and friends of the four deceased were inconsolable as they wept bitterly when the caskets were taken from the service ground.

Even those who mustered courage and attempted not to weep eventually broke down emotionally and ended up weeping uncontrollably.


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