A 24-year old driver drowned after he went to swim in the river Whin at Whindo, a farming community in the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipality of the Western Region.
The Assembly member of the Assakai Electoral Area, Hon. Nana Acheampong, who could not mentioned the name of the deceased, confirmed the incident to Ghananest.com said the deceased had gone to the river together with his colleague drivers to swim when the unfortunate incident happened.
He explained that the deceased might have drowned when he got to the deeper part of the river, resulting in his untimely death and was not sure whether he knew how to swim or not.
“I was told he went there to swim. I can’t tell whether he knows how to swim or not but I know he went there with other people to swim. I’m told he went there with some friends, so when they realized their numbers were not up to, they decided to search for him.
“According to the friends, they saw him swimming to the place he drowned so they went looking for him, and it was there they found the body. People do sand weaning there when the river dries up and so that place is a little deep,” he explained.
The Assembly member indicated that the deceased is a native of the Central Region who has been living in Whindo for the past eleven (11) years.
He said, the family of the deceased are yet to be informed over the demise of their son.
Meanwhile, the body of the deceased has been deposited at Effia-Nkwanta mortuary.
Ban on swimming
He said, the leaders of the community have placed a ban on swimming in that portion of the river following the incident to help avert future occurrences.
“Just yesterday, we told the elders of the town to announce a ban on swimming in that area.
He revealed that a 19 year old boy from Eastern Region was also drowned in the same area.
“To prevent people from getting drowned, we have pleaded and agreed with the Chief and elders community to ban swimming in that area,” he said.
Source: Ghana|Ghananest.com|Matthew Dadzie