A tragic incident occurred on Sunday, 7th March 2021, at Apam Beach resort as many children (more like teenagers) who flouted government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions to go for a swim at the beach met their unfortunate demise.
According to a statement by DSP Irene Oppong, who is in charge of public affairs for the Ghana police service in Cape Coast, a formal complaint was put forward by Kwame Akono-a relative of Joshua Annor, a 15-year-old boy who went to play football with other kids at the beach at around 5 pm on Monday.
Per the Deputy Superintendent’s statement, the police rushed to the scene with a search party and managed to rescue Simon Dadzie and Godfred Appretsie, 15 and 14 years old respectively who were then admitted to Luke Catholic hospital.
She continued that twelve dead bodies were retrieved, two of which were females and were taken to a morgue, awaiting an autopsy report. She concluded by saying that investigations are ongoing to understand what really happened on that beach on Sunday.
People living in the community suspect there are more deaths because a lot of people went swimming at the beach on Sunday. Apparently, the kids used surreptitious routes to get to the beach to avoid the public eye due to a ban on recreational activities in Ghana, thus, making it difficult to find them before it was too late.
The government has put in place protocols for our own protection and as Ghanaians, it is imperative that we stick to them with blind obedience. That is not to say that this unfortunate incident is a direct consequence of disobedience of the guidelines set forth by the government but you would agree with me that if they had stayed at home in line with the government’s directives this wouldn’t have happened to them. It could have been any one of us so we should do well to always be mindful of ourselves as well as those around us so as not to put their lives in jeopardy. Let us be our neighbor’s keeper in our fight against the pandemic.