SAD: Bank Manager, Brother Drown During Picnic
The Manager of Skye Bank Plc, Abak Road Branch, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Ubong Ekpe, his wife, four children and brother (Francis) had gone to the beach for a picnic on Sunday.
Ubong was said to have entered into the beach to swim.
There was anxiety when he did not surface from the waters.
Francis, who attempted to save him by also diving into the beach, was reported to have drowned as well.
There was panic around the beach when efforts to save the men proved abortive.
The remains of the victims were said to have been recovered in the early hours of Monday.
A source said, “They went to catch fun at the beach on Sunday. They were eating when Ubong went inside the beach to swim. But he did not surface. His brother plunged in to rescue him, but got drowned as well.”
The Chairman of the Ibeno LGA, Ifum Udoh, said that the authorities were working to prevent recurring loss of lives at the beach, adding that the state government had concluded plans to take over the beach.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, confirmed the deaths, adding that the incident happened around 8.30 pm.
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