Tragedy struck Banjul on Saturday when three people namely: Mariam Loum, 29; Haddy Sowe, 19, and a third person said to be 17, all residents of No1 Brown Street, Banjul, drowned at sea while on picnic.
Confirming the incident to the Daily Observer, Inspector Foday Conta, police public relations officer, said the incident happened on Saturday 22nd October when the trio left home for picnic at the beach behind former Radio Syd in Banjul.
“Upon their arrival, they started swimming along with John Colley, Mariam Loum’s husband and godfather to the 17-year-old. When Colley came out, he noticed that his wife was calling for help and before he could offer help, the three drowned,” PRO Conta narrated.
“However, Mariam was rescued alive but was later pronounced death at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital and on the following day 23rd October the other two bodies were found.”
The police spokesperson said the office of the Inspector General of Police is urging the general public to always be cautious while on picnics.
by Omar Wally