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Regional News of Saturday, 22 December 2012

Source: Graphic Online

61-year-old woman rescued from abandoned well

Personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service saved the life of a 61-year-old woman, who fell into an abandoned well at Asafo in Kumasi.

Ernestina Boateng, was said to be picking plastic waste materials around the Asafo Abrotia Friday, when she stepped on a plywood that had been used to cover the well.

According to an eyewitness, the plywood caved in resulting in the woman falling into the well.

The well was dug more than two years ago to source for underground water to clean a public place of convenience, but was left uncovered afterwards.

Residents told graphic.com.gh that the incident was the second to have happened.

According to Mr Kwame Nimo, a 25-year-old man, Elvis Cobbina fell into a pit left uncovered four years ago.

He said although the man was rescued by residents, he was unable to recover from the injuries sustained and died a few weeks later.

Expressing concern about the situation, he said it was time leaders in the Asafo community devised means to prevent such incidents.

The Asafo Abrotia Unit Committee chairman, Mr Opoku Agyemang, promised to fence the area as a matter of urgency to prevent future occurrences.

Fire Service officials, however, advised against using waste materials to fill the borehole, explaining that they were likely to decay.

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