9-year-old boy drowns while celebrating Easter with family at Kumasi Rattray Park

9-year-old boy drowns while celebrating Easter with family at Kumasi Rattray Park

The drowning of a nine-year-old boy at the Rattray Park Recreational Centre in Kumasi on Sunday Afternoon ended his family’s Easter celebration on a tragic note.

Mensah Bonsu, a class three pupil of Blessed Gift Model School in Kumasi drowned at the facility when he joined others to celebrate the Easter festivity.

Madam Janet Opoku, mother of the deceased who confirmed the incident to Kumasi-based Akoma FM explained that “on Sunday, April 17 when we returned from church, we decided to go to the Rattray Park Recreational Center to enjoy the Easter festival”.

Narrating the horrific incident, Madam Janet, who spoke in a sobbing voice, added that “initially the boy didn’t want to swim in the pool, so later when he told me that he will join his other siblings in the pool, I told him to wait for me to buy a towel. So when I returned with the towel my son had reportedly jumped into the pool and drowned. So when I got to the poolside, I saw them pumping his chest with their hands to resuscitate him but he died shortly.”

Though an official communication is yet to come out from the management of the Rattray Park Recreational Centre, sources reveal the case has been officially reported at the Ridge Police Station for further investigation while the body has been deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy.

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