New Year Tragedy As Teenage Boy Drowns At The Oniru Beach In Lagos (Photos)
An unidentified teenager drowned at the oniru Beach, Lagos as revellers celebrated New year days in the area on Tuesday. A fun seeker, who witnessed the incident and identified himself simply as Michael, said there was a heavy traffic of persons at the beach while there were only two live guards on duty. It is usual in metropolitan cities like Lagos for residents to go to the beaches during important national celebrations, especially when holidays have been declared.
According to the witness, the teenage boy was spotted by a few people who were standing at the tip of the ocean.
He said three unidentified young men made frantic attempts to see if they could rescue the drowning boy, but they could not muster enough courage to move into the centre of the ocean. He said the high waves of the surging ocean were too much for the volunteers, who eventually gave up the idea of saving the victim.
According to him, all the fun seekers around watched helplessly as the boy struggled and was finally submerged by water.However, other fun seekers continued with their fun as if nothing had happened. It was learnt that nobody came out to complain about a missing person before most of the fun seekers left the beach. It was leant that a young lady initially raised the alarm, believing erroneously that the victim was her brother, but she soon kept calm when she saw her own brother.
“People are allowed to go to the beach but they should not swim. For some months, the ocean had been monitored and the warnings NEMA issued were consistent with the signs that were noticed, which showed that there might be an ocean surge,” he said.