The situation has kept many in suspense and wondering where the bodies of the two are.
Meanwhile, residents of Azizanya, a community near the Ada Estuary where Castro and Janet are believed to have gone missing say the approach adopted by the Marine Police in their search for the bodies would be an effort in futility if the local fishermen are not involved.
A spokesperson for the Chief Fisherman, Mr. Tsani Gaduga, told The Ghanaian Times that contrary to the police claims that the local folks were being engaged, “we are being sidelined and that is not helping matters.
He said they had not been approached by any group or individual to assist in the search.
Mr. Gaduga explained that when the incident happened last Sunday, the fishermen on their own initiative supported the security agencies in the search, but as it affected them financially, they had to stop.
He said “the searchers need to go beyond the river to the high seas, but our observation for days shows that this is yet to be done by the Marine Police.”
He said: “we have lived all our lives in the area, and so we are familiar with the terrain. Some members of the local community have drowned and the local people on their own were able to comb the entire place to find the bodies.”
Mr. Gudugah said all that they need is for their boats to be fuelled, adding that “we are ready to go all out to assist in the search which would go deep into the sea.”
“If the missing persons really drowned, it is important that the search is intensified, since the more time is wasted, the more the bodies will decompose.”
He also refuted stories making the rounds that some members of the community had claimed to have seen the two drowning.
“All we saw was the jeski at the estuary and not the two struggling, as claimed by some persons speaking with the media,” he stated.
When contacted, however, the Ada District Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Dodzi Holdzi denied that the local folks were not being involved, saying “they rather form the majority of the people engaged in the search.”
He said the search had also been intensified with signals sent to the various police divisions in Keta Sogakope and Aflao.