Feb. 15 (LINA) – During Valentine’s Day celebration’ two kids reportedly drowned in the Atlantic Ocean near Greenville, the capital of Sinoe County.
The incident occurred at about 2:00 p.m. on February 14, around the Portugal Beach in the New Kru Town Community in Greenville.
According to eyewitnesses and official information from the Crimes Services Department of the Liberia National Police, the two kids were swimming in the afternoon hours of Sunday, February 14, with others in the sea as part of the usual celebrations on national and public holidays.
The kids, identified only as James Togba, aged 14, and a 17-year-old identified only as William, were residents of the New Kru Town Community in Greenville and students of the Samuel Johnson Christopher Davies Elementary and Junior high school in the city.
The medical report confirmed that the two died as a result of drowning.
A 15-man Coroner jury setup by the Crime Services Department of the Liberia National Police to inspect the lifeless bodies also reported that there was no foul play in the deaths of the two boys.
Speaking to reporters at the scene, Ishmael James, who is a relative of the 17 year-old boy, said he left his little brother William at home and went to church only for people to go to the church and inform him about the drowning of his brother.
“Yesterday I left William and his friends at home and went to church; to my surprise few guys came to call me while in service, saying that William is missing as a result of drowning in the sea,” Ishmael explained.
The death of the two kids is the second incident from drowning in the sea in the area this year.
It can be recalled that on January 1, New Year day, a 22 year-old boy died as a result of drowning during the New Year celebration after allegedly taking in alcohol.
Meanwhile, some prominent citizens of Sinoe County who spoke with reporters have expressed frustration over the deaths of young people in the ocean and are calling on the security agencies to enforce restriction on who enters various beaches, especially during public and national holidays. Courtesy: LINA