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Young Man Drowns During Church ‘Beach Hangout’ In Lagos

Tragic Drowning Occurs During Church Hangout at Elegushi Beach in Lagos State

In a somber turn of events, a 34-year-old man, identified as John, lost his life after drowning at Elegushi Beach in Lagos State during a church hangout last Saturday. The incident sent shockwaves through the congregation as the cheerful gathering took a tragic twist.

Preliminary details revealed that the church, based in Ikorodu, had organized a picnic for its youth members, with the late John among those in attendance. The day started off as a typical beach outing filled with laughter and camaraderie, but it ended in heartbreak.

As the sun began to set, and the church members were preparing to leave the picturesque shoreline that Saturday afternoon, a growing sense of concern swept through the group as they realized that John was nowhere to be found. Panic set in, prompting an immediate search effort to locate their missing comrade.

During the search, an informant came forward, revealing that they had witnessed John entering the water. This alarming revelation led to the quick mobilization of lifeguards and divers in a desperate attempt to locate him in the vast expanse of water surrounding Elegushi Beach. However, despite their best efforts that fateful Saturday, their attempts proved futile.

Tragedy continued to unfold as John’s lifeless body remained elusive, compelling the search operation to extend into the following days. It was only on a sorrowful Tuesday afternoon that lifeguards managed to recover his body, bringing an end to the agonizing wait for his friends and loved ones.

An eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, provided insight into the unfolding events, saying, “A church from Ikorodu had come to Elegushi beach for a hangout on Saturday. They were just young people who came around to have fun; about 35 of them came that Saturday. It happened that late in the afternoon when they were packing up to leave, they called everyone to make sure that they were all accounted for, 35 of them, before they left. That was how they realized that one of them, John, was missing. Then they started searching for him that evening. Then, someone told one of them that he had seen the guy walk towards the water thinking he knew how to swim.”

When approached for comments, Benjamin Hundeyin, the state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the tragic incident. Superintendent of Police Hundeyin stated, “The family of the victim has been contacted, and the body of the victim has also been deposited at the Yaba General Hospital for an autopsy.”

The church hangout, initially intended as a day of enjoyment and bonding, turned into a harrowing reminder of the unpredictable dangers that can befall even the most joyous of occasions. John’s untimely passing serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of water safety, and the indescribable grief that a moment of carelessness can inflict on a tight-knit community.


Ademola Adeyemi

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