A girl, aged 41, has drowned with three children in a pit dug in the Keta Lagoon at Laklevikope, close to Aflao, in the Ketu South Municipality. 

The incident occurred on Saturday when Madam Yawa Apenu was allegedly fishing with Bridget Amewu, 14, and Daddy Amewu, 10 – her children- and a 3rd youngster, Sitsofe Ahiawor, 8, who lived with the family.

 Mr Atitso Amewu, the widower, who was said to be on the expedition, nevertheless, managed to swim to security.

Some residents, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said they suspected that the pit was dug by the Seven Seas Salt Limited, which had an uncompleted dyke on its concessions in the area. 

But the company has denied the declare.

In July, two individuals reportedly drowned alongside that stretch of the lagoon, after they tried to fish. 

Mr Victor Ayaku, Assembly member for the area, in an interview with the GNA following that incident said that: “There’s no form of protection around the dykes, no demarcation and it’s almost like a death trap to unsuspecting residents who might want to go fishing in the lagoon.”

But Mr Adams Mensah, the Public Relations Officer of Seven Seas Salt Limited, said the Company was not to blame for last Saturday’s catastrophe. 

He said the pit was exterior the company’s concession and that it was a fish pond belonging to a person who was not recognized to the Company. 

Expressing his sympathy over the lack of lives, he said that the mining company was prepared to help the family of the deceased. 

He urged collaboration between them and stakeholders, particularly the meeting members in communities the place the Company had concessions, to work to stop such avoidable deaths.  

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