In the Fanteakwa South District of the Eastern Region, at the Nsuapemso river’s confluence with the Birim river in Nsuapemso, two young men have perished by drowning. Before they tragically passed away, Bless Damptey and Grant Larbi, both between the ages of 21 and 23, had gone to check on their fishing nets at the Nsuapem River. Communities that reside near river banks depend heavily on the fishing industry.
Assemblyman for the Nsutem Electoral Area, Alexander Boakye, who confirmed the incident explained, the two usually visit the Nsuapemso river every morning to check on the nets for tracking fishes. But their 30 minutes delay in returning home on Thursday morning got their father and relatives worried.
Thier father’s follow up to the river bank revealed slippers and shirts of his children lay at the bank of the river. He returned to the community for assistance to their rescue. After a search party, the two were found dead.
“The entire community had flooded, so when I asked of their whereabout and I was told they were not back, I had to go search for them.The moment I got to the river bank, I saw their shirts and slippers, I shouted their names several times but they didn’t respond. It dawned on me that they had drowned. I told some community members and we went in search with them including NADMO personnel before we found their bodies,” their father narrated. Their bodies have been deposited at the Kyebi Government Hospital for postmoterm.
Mr. Boakye, an assemblyman, noted that the youngsters may not have realised the river’s level had changed, which is why they drowned. “The rain on Wednesday was particularly severe, and the Birem River, which joins the Nsuapemso River, increased the river’s capacity. According to the family, the two boys frequently go fishing beside the river, therefore I believe that is what started it. Farmlands have also been impacted by the flooding, dispersing some populations.