While crossing the Cavalla River with their mother
A report reaching the Daily Observer says three boys under age 10 drowned in the Cavalla River at the Kablaken Border in Maryland County on September 3, while crossing over to the Ivory Coast.
The report was confirmed by the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Border Patrol Unit Commander in Maryland, Lavalah Poultolnor, who wrote on his Facebook Page that the three children along with their mother, Mary Allison, and three men were in the canoe when it capsized at about 3:15 p.m. that fateful day.
“The three men who were paddling the canoe unfortunately were not able to rescue any of the kids,” Poultolnor said.
Kablaken is a small town on the border with Ivory Coast in the south, where the Cavalla River runs into the Atlantic Ocean. The town lies on the banks of the river, with a lagoon, sandy beaches full of coconut trees and other beautiful vegetation on the other side.
The drownings have raised concern and many people have called for effective measures to avoid a recurrence of the tragedy.