British national drowns at Bakau Beach

By Assan Sallah.

One Peter Campbell, a 63-year-old British national was on Sunday evening, 26th December 2021 found dead at the Bakau Beachside, where he was believed to have drowned in the river.

Sources told this reporter that a dead body identified as Peter Campbell was found at the offshore of Bakau Beach by officers of the Gambia Fire and Rescue Services who reported the matter to the police at Bakau Station.

“The body was taken to the country’s main referral hospital, the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul by the police for a post-mortem to be conducted to establish the cause of death,“ said a source.

Sources further hinted that one Michael Anthony Campbell reported to the Bakau Police Station that same day and claimed the said body found at the Beachside is his younger brother and his name is Peter Campbell.

When contacted to shed light on the case, the police spokesperson Superintendent Lamin Njie confirmed the incident.

He said: “The body was found on the shores of the Bakau beach around a local hotel along the beach. The police together with relevant stakeholders visited the scene and the body was evacuated to the EFSTH for further examination. Preliminary investigations revealed he (the deceased) informed his brother that he was going out for swimming at the beach. It took a long time he didn’t return and that became concerning to the brother. The matter was then reported prompting a search for him. His body was later found on the beach the following morning.“

He said investigations will continue into the case and appropriate actions will follow.

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