A 34-year-old man has drowned at the Elegushi Beach, in Lagos State, during a church hangout event.
The victim, identified as John, was a member of an unnamed Ikorodu-based church, which had organised a picnic for its youths on Saturday.
His disappearance was only noticed when the members of the church group were about to leave the beach that Saturday afternoon but couldn’t locate him anywhere.
All efforts to find him on Saturday proved abortive and his body was only recovered by lifeguards on Tuesday afternoon at the beach.
An unnamed source who witnessed the event confirmed the incident, “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 realised 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.
“The group then called lifeguards and divers to help search for him that Saturday, but they didn’t find him until yesterday, Tuesday, at about 1 p.m., when they recovered his body at the beach.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident adding: “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.”