Africa: 3 teenagers drown in Akwa Ibom beach
Three teenagers, two boys and a girl, reportedly drowned in a beach at Mkpanak community in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state.
The incident, which occurred on Saturday, brings to 10 the total number of persons who have drowned in the popular Ibeno beach from last year till day.
The beach is a few metres away from the operational base of Mobil Producing Nigeria.
One of the eyewitnesses, Mr. Asuquo Isangdighe, a photographer, told newsmen that the victims had engaged in a road walk after which they dived into the river to have their bath.
Though the identities of the deceased could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report, Isangdighe disclosed that one of the victims had just graduated from the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron.
“They were five and two of them escaped from drowning and their ages were between 13 and 19 years old.
“One of them just finished from Maritime Academy Oron.
‘The body of the female victim floated to the shores of the river and was thereafter buried same day at the bank of the river as custom and tradition demands.
“The two other victim’s body floated to the shores of the river on Monday and they were buried too at the bank of the river,” Isangidighe said.
Mr David Akpakop, an indigene of Mkpanak, said that the incident was very unfortunate and a sad development for someone to lose his loved ones.
He however, said people do not want to learn, wondering know why the victims would endanger their lives by swimming in the beach.
“For now, the beach is not fit for swimming and on no circumstances should anybody swim,’’ he said.
By Femi Ajasa