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Liberian man drowns trying to retrieve US $20 note dropped in river mistakenly

Liberian man drowns trying to retrieve US $20 note dropped in river mistakenly

Tragedy struck after a Liberian man drowned in a river while attempting to retrieve US $20 cash he mistakenly dropped into the river.

The man, Mr. Tamba Lamine, jumped from a bridge into the river in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, according to a report by BBC.

 According to the country’s police spokesman, Moses Carter, who spoke to the BBC, the man was walking with a friend on the bridge when the $20 note fell into the river.

 Lamine, a street hawker, dived into the river and retrieved the money. After finding the money, he showed it to onlookers but then drowned, according to Carter.

 Mr Carter said Lamine felt pressured to get the cash back because he needed to give his friend his $5 “share” of  some merchandise they jointly sold ,.

 Meanwhile, police say Lamine’s body has not been recovered. 

The police spokesman explained the shocking story, saying onlookers who saw Lamine dive thought he was safe after he emerged from the water to show them the note, but he then disappeared and did not resurface.

The United States dollar is a stronger currency than Liberia’s own dollar –  $20 equates to around 3,900 Liberian dollars. 

Lamine drowned in the Mesuradu River, which runs between mainland Monrovia and the industrial district of Bushrod Island.

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