Yaoundé: a boy drowns in an artificial lake while bathing
The military resumed search operations on Monday January 30 to find the body of a boy who drowned in an artificial lake on the evening of January 28 in Akaka, a village located along the national road number 1, in the outskirts of the city of Yaoundé.
The searches carried out this Saturday evening and this Sunday by the alerted first-aid soldiers were in vain.
According to the drowned boy’s friends, they went swimming at the site of a quarry where the artificial lake was formed from deep craters.
” We went to have fun like we used to on Saturday around 4pm. Our friend went down in the water and never came back to the surface. Scared we swam in thinking he was going to come out but we couldn’t see him. We had to run back to inform the people who alerted the rescue soldiers“said a friend of the victim.
The site where the artificial lake is located is an abandoned quarry by a Chinese company engaged in road construction works. After exploiting it for many years, they left without covering the deep craters they created and these were gradually covered by water which now serves as a death trap for the inhabitants.
According to the statements of the soldiers in charge of the rescue, the search operation was quite heavy and risky:
” We had to suspend the search on Saturday and Sunday because it was risky down there. We didn’t want to risk the lives of the rescue soldiers. It’s complicated to know where the boy’s body could be“, explained the commander of the relief soldiers.
It is hoped that today’s search will be fruitful as the search team returns to the quarry site.
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