Residents of Agona Otaapirow were thrown into a state of mourning when a mother and her two children drowned in River Ayensu in the Central Region.

Per information gathered, the woman, 33-year-old Esi Akyere and her four children went for cocoa harvesting with a community farmer prior to their death.

After the day’s job, residents told Adom News three of the children dived into the river for a bath but failed to realise the river was full.

The cocoa fruits on the farm

Upon realising they were in danger, the mother tried to rescue them but managed to save only one of her children before drowning.

It took the efforts of Abusuapanin of Agona Braha Be Kumi Me, Peter Nyadigbe and other residents to retrieve the three bodies.

Their bodies have been deposited at the Swedru Government Hospital morgue awaiting autopsy.

Meanwhile, the husband and father of the deceased, Peter Botwe has been traumatised by the news.