Experienced sea diver Odartey Lamptey has revealed that popular musician Castro is indeed dead and not coming back; quashing hopes of friends and family of ever seeing him again.
The mysterious departure of the flamboyant Ghanaian musician during a holiday trip with Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has dominated the headlines for over a year with some still hoping Castro is alive.
In an exclusive interview stated that Odartey Lamptey said he was contacted by the Black Stars skipper to look for the missing friend two days after his disappearance.
But Lamptey says after spending about four days in the river searching for the bodies, he found them deep down the Volta River estuary in Ada.
“I was called two days after the incident and I agreed to go and help them. It was in the evening but I decided to go and search for them right away. They rented a canoe for me and I set off. I found them under the water after about four days,” he said.
Mr. Lamptey however said he was not able to access their bodies because he was stopped by a big snake which happened to be a god at that particular location.
“I saw their bodies but when I tried to touch them, a big snake appeared and warned me not to try it, I went back and asked what I could do and I was told there was the need for some rituals to be performed,” he explained.
“The only way the spirit would allow me to bring Castro’s body back, was to perform some customary rites for both of them, when I told Asamoah Gyan about it, he said his concern was Castro and that he does not know the lady, so I had to stop at a point,” Mr. Lamptey added.
Efforts to rescue Castro and his lady companion, Janet Bandu began on Sunday, July 6, 2014 and up till now some Ghanaians and families of the two nurse the hope of them being alive. Attempts to retrieve their bodies yielded no results.
Mr Lamptey however stated that Castro died because he defied earlier cautions given him by the river gods.
He said, “because of their singing they go there every time. The spirit warned them, but they did not listen and so it almost killed them all but God saved them.”
“They came across as disobedient. Where you have been warned not to go, because you might be killed, you go behind their back and went ahead to hire a speed boat and took Janet along,” he explained.”