Three young boys were on September 23 drowned when their canoe loaded with two motorcycles capsized while crossing the Yar Creek in the Wea Gbehyi Administrative District in Nimba County.
According to an eyewitness, the boys were five in number, but two were rescued. The three boys were reportedly contracted by unidentified rubber buyers to haul their rubber across Yar Creek.
“While crossing the creek, one of the boys sat on one of the motorcycles on board the canoe causing the canoe to capsize,” the eye-witness said.
Two of the victims hailed from Gbeyi Nyenyee and Gbeyi Tengbein Towns, Gbeyi Chiefdom, while another hailed from Saclepea. Up to press time last night, no family member had come forward to claim or identify the victims.
They were however buried over the weekend.
This year’s rainy season has caused rivers and creeks across Nimba to overflow, heavily flooding and destroying many farms, according to residents.
Yar Creek is one of the biggest in Nimba County. It runs from Mount Nimba in the north and enters the St. John River between Nimba and Bong County in the
Residents recall that a few years ago, several children drowned in the creek where they had gone to wash and swim.