Five drown after choppy Ankonim River sweep away vehicle
Five bodies have been retrieved from the Ankonim River in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital, Friday after a vehicle in which they were travelling was swept away by strong currents.
The body of a sixth person believed to be the driver of the vehicle cannot be found.
The family of six were driving through flooded streets Thursday evening after heavy rains when the vehicle was dragged into the choppy river.
The Ankonim River overflowed its banks on Thursday after the heavy rains and blocked the only access route leading residential areas.
Joy News’ Erastus Asare Donkor, reports that the family was trapped in the saloon car for many hours before rescue workers arrived.
"Police are here with a pickup vehicle but there are no rescue workers and there are no heavy equipment to remove the [trapped] vehicle. I understand the fire service team came here but left," he described the scene before the bodies were retrieved.
The family were members of the Jehovah's Witnesses working on a new Kingdom Hall [church complex] in the area.
Police and personnel from the Ghana Fire Service spent hours trying to locate the vehicle and its occupants in the river.
With the flood waters receded by Friday dawn, they had a clear strategy on how to move in and retrieve the bodies.
After more than five hours, a libation was poured and divers moved in.
Bodies retrieved included that of a young teenage boy.