A 31-year-old Ghanaian residing in the United States, who had gone missing while swimming, was found at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, following an extensive search operation. The individual, identified as Richard A. Boateng, was employed as a systems engineer at Microsoft.
As reported by neypost.com, Boateng, a resident of Savage, Maryland, had last been seen in the ocean surf near Rehoboth Avenue beach area around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, 2023. Rehoboth Beach is known for being the location of President Biden’s vacation home.
The discovery was made on the morning of Monday, September 4, at North Shores Beach, a small community situated just north of Rehoboth. The tragic outcome was confirmed by Rehoboth Beach Fire Company Chief Chuck Snyder.
Boateng’s disappearance had prompted an extensive search and rescue operation after numerous 911 calls were made on that Sunday. Various agencies, including the Rehoboth Beach Patrol, Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Delaware State Police, and the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, had collaborated in the search efforts.
An eyewitness who observed the incident described the distressing moment when Boateng raised his hand from the ocean, signaling that he needed assistance. Despite efforts to help him, the swimmer tragically drowned. Authorities had previously issued warnings about rip currents over the holiday weekend, highlighting the perilous conditions that swimmers might encounter.
In another report from Fox, Boateng’s sister, Nanatte Boateng, emphasized the importance of maintaining close relationships with family. She urged people to cherish their time with loved ones, acknowledging life’s uncertainty, stating, “You never know when people are going to go, everyone assumes that everyone is going to live till you grow old, but you never know when your time is up, so make the best of what you have with your family.”
Ashley Affum, Boateng’s girlfriend, fondly remembered him as one of the funniest individuals to be around. She described how he always brought joy to those in his company, ensuring that everyone had a good time whenever he was present. “Oh, my goodness! he is kind of the funniest individual you can be around …when he is there, he always has a good time and others have a good time with him,” she said.