Man, 25 die in botched fishing expedition

The body of Philip Agya Twin, the 25-year-old missing fisherman at Dixcove in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region, has been found after he went missing on Sunday afternoon, following a botched fishing expedition.

The body, which was in a decomposed state, had been deposited at the mortuary at the Dixcove Government Hospital awaiting post mortem examination.

Confirming the reports, the Safoahen of Dixcove, Agya Awortwe, told The Ghanaian Times that the body of Philip was found at about 3pm on Tuesday, after being washed ashore at a rocky area near the Castle at Dixcove, adding that there were bruises on some parts of the body, with the eyes chopped.

He explained that the body washed ashore after the family and community performed some rituals at the beach.

“We have been able to retrieve the body. It’s a mystery; but, it is also good news. Dixcove was gripped with anxiety and fears as search was underway to retrieve the body of Philip. Initially, fishermen haboured some fears and apprehensions to go fishing.  But, Dixcove is now calm and peaceful .On Monday we declared no fishing. Today, canoes are back at sea,” Agya Awortwe added.

Meanwhile, he told The Ghanaian Times that the family was making arrangements for the burial of Philip after the necessary processes with the police had been finalised.

Earlier on Monday, the Safoahen said, the Sunday disaster threw the Dixcove fishing community into a state of mourning, with some describing it as mystery.

Philip, he narrated, went missing after a torrential tide swept of the canoe of the crew of six, causing it to capsise.

The disaster, Agya Awortwe explained  struck when  a group  of fishermen together with Philip, had returned from a fishing expedition  on Sunday afternoon   and  as they approached the shore at Dixcove, suddenly water entered the canoe, due to the high tide at sea and its boisterous nature causing the causing the canoe to capsize.

“In the process, some of the fishermen fell into the sea and began swimming to shore, but, Philip never came ashore,” he recalled.

From Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi

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