Residents of Achiase in the Atwima Mponua District in the Ashanti Region are in a state of shock after a canoe capsized on the Offin River.
The incident happened Friday after some residents who were trying to cross the river got trapped
According to the newly sworn-in District Chief Executive, Isaac Marfo, after a rescue team was deployed, two dead bodies have been retrieved from the river. However, three other persons remain missing.
Speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News on Monday, October 11, the DCE and Chairman of the District Security Council (DISEC) noted that the rescue will continue until the rest of the bodies are found.
“We are aware five persons were trapped earlier. We have been able to retrieve two but we are not giving up. The search continues till the last body is found,” Isaac Marfo said in interview on Akoma FM.
The two dead bodies identified as Holy and Atom are believed to be aged 26 and 27 respectively. The community has since been thrown into a state of grief as family members and residents mourn the departed souls.
Basically a farming community, Achiase has most of its lands and properties at other side of the river, hence crossing the Offin to access their livelihood has been an old practice.
Residents say the river in recent days has overflown its banks following perennial downpour. Residents want improved canoes and life jackets to ensure safe passage on the river to avoid recurring of such incidents.