E/R: Two drown after suspected rise in Birim River
Two persons have drowned at the tributary of the Nsuapemso River that joins the Birim river at Nsuapemso in the Fanteakwa South District of the Eastern Region.
The two, Damptey Bless and Larbi Grant, aged between 21 and 23, had gone to check on their fishing nets in the Nsuapem river before their untimely death.
Fishing is a paramount business for communities that live around the river’s banks.
Assemblyman for the Nsutem Electoral Area Alexander Boakye, who confirmed the incident, explained that the two usually visit the of Nsuapemso River every morning to check on the nets for tracking fishes.
But their 30-minute delay in returning home on Thursday morning got their father and relatives worried.
Their father’s follow-up to the river bank revealed slippers and shirts of his children at the bank.
He returned to the community for assistance to their rescue.
After a search party, the two were found dead.
Their bodies have been deposited at the Kyebi Government Hospital for post-mortem.
Assemblyman Boakye observed the river may have increased in volumes which the boys failed to realise hence the drowning incident.
“Wednesday’s rain was very heavy, the river had increase in volumes of the Birim River that joins the Nsuapemso river. I think this is what caused it because, according to the family, the two boys always go to the river side for fishing activities.”