Three JHS students drown at Banaso

By Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA

Banaso (WN/R), Dec. 4, GNA-Three Junior High School (JHS) students at Banaso in the Aowin Municipality have drown in an abandoned illegal mining pit.

By Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA
Banaso (WN/R), Dec. 4, GNA-Three Junior High School (JHS) students at Banaso in the Aowin Municipality have drown in an abandoned illegal mining pit.
The deceased are; Ms Mary Affum, 16, Ms Pricilla Benewaa, 15 and Ms Linda Manu, 15.
Enchi District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Benard Akotoge, confirmed the tragedy to the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
He said at about 1800 hours on Thursday his outfit received a distress call that three teenagers had drown at Banaso and he rushed to the community with his men.
Superintendent Akotoge said when they arrived at the scene information they gathered from witnesses revealed that the victims lived with their parents at Banaso.
He said on that faithful day the deceased together with Mary Okyere,16, Patience Benewaa,15 and Gifty Kuaba,16 who were friends went to prospect for gold nuggets.
He said on their way home after the day’s work, the deceased decided to wash themselves in an abandoned illegal mining pit which was filled to capacity.
Superintendent Akotoge said the deceased jumped into the pit while their friends stood behind waiting for them.
According to him, few minutes later Mary, Patience and Gifty realized their colleagues were drowning rushed to their house to seek for assistance, the District Commander noted.
He further stated that a search party retrieved the bodies at about 2300 hours and remains have since been deposited at the Enchi Government Hospital morgue awaiting autopsy.
GNA

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