- Four teenagers who just collected their WAEC exams results have sadly lost their lives at a beach in Lagos state
- The youngsters were celebrating the success of their exams at the beach but unfortunately drowned while swimming
- The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident on Twitter, adding that the investigation has commenced
Four teenagers drowned at Elegushi Beach in the Lekki area of Lagos state while swimming.
Reports gathered that the teenagers visited the beach to celebrate the completion and success of their West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams.
In his statement, the spokesperson for the Elegushi Beach Management, Chief Ayuba Elegushi, said the pupils were not properly registered as visitors at the beach, Punch reports.
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“We initially sent them away from the area of the beach they wanted to swim in. Then, they went to another place that was not for the public at all. It was the child of our kinsman, Abass, who took them from school to the beach and those kids followed him."
“They did not pay any gate fee to access the beach. Abass used the leverage that he was one of us to take them through another place.”
Confirming the incident on Twitter, Police Public Relation officer Benjamin Hundeyin advised parents to watch their children closely.
In his words:
"I’ve talked about drowning in relation to water travel and swimming pool. Still, parents/guardians, have a heart-to-heart talk with your teenagers to avoid losing them. Four teenagers drowned at a Lagos beach today after collecting their exam results in school. Take heed!"
See Hundeyin's tweet below:
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Daniella Chidimma said:
"This is why we should take swimming lessons seriously at all levels, be it primary, secondary or the university level this needs to be part of the school curriculum in all public schools make it like an extra credit."
Don Simple reacted:
"I learnt how to swim in a lake from young age. I can withstand the strong current from streams, and rivers (to an extent). But I always advise people to be careful in beaches. If you drown there, people may not even see you, and it's risky for anyone to attempt saving you."
Jedi Shola noted:
"This is so sad. 4 families now mourning. Lord have mercy."
Adesewa Haruna added:
"Oh God! This is heartbreaking, May God comfort the families."
"Very unfortunate situation.. this is very sad."
Police officer drowns in pond
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Emmanuel Familia, a police officer in Massachusetts, United States, has lost his life after jumping into a pond to save a boy from drowning.
According to @foxnews on Instagram, the 38-year-old policeman was one of the five officers that jumped into the pond at Green Hill Park in Worcester to save three teenagers on Friday, June 4.
The report has it that the police received multiple calls that people were drowning in the pond, and when the officers arrived, they found the teens trying to stay afloat.