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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Man, 24, drowns at sea

According to eyewitnesses, while he drowned, several of his friends who were swimming at the ocean point, were rescued. 

Ebrima Dibba, an uncle to the deceased, explained to The Standard that Tamba’s friend picked him up from home in the afternoon to go for a casual swim at the beach. “They were six in number. They took along a football which we were informed they were playing with in the water. We were told that one of the boys was about to drown and Tamba threw a ball at him as a lifeline to assist him to stay afloat. But all of a sudden, Tamba himself went down and did not come up again. The waters swallowed him.”

Tamba’s body was found on Monday evening and it was transported to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, Banjul and later released to the family for interment at the Kotu cemetery yesterday at 10am.

The family compound was thronged by sympathisers who went to pay condolences. 

Ebrima Dibba described his deceased nephew as “kind, gentle and very respectful”, adding, “God decreed that he will die in the sea, and he did. I pray to God to grant mercy and forgiveness to his soul”.  

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