A 20-year-old final year student of Osino Presbyterian Senior High School in the Eastern Region Kelvin Asiedu has drowned in an abandoned galamsey pit at Osino.

The abandoned pit which is about 18 feet deep has for months been a recreational centre for wee smokers and recalcitrant youth who go around to swim and have fun.

Information available to Joy News indicates that Mr Asiedu went to the abandoned pit with a colleague to swim at around 2 pm on Thursday after his mock exams.

The deceased is said to be a boarder but has moved out of the boarding house at the blind side of his parents.

It is unclear how Kelvin got drowned in the pitch but one of the rescuer’s Kwame Boamah explained to Joy News’ Maxwell Kudekor what happened.

He said around 2 pm they heard that someone had drowned but they did not believe it because there have been instances of such reports.

According to him, an hour later, some of them decided to pass by the area to ascertain if it is true. The sight of onlookers at the bank of the water confirmed their worst fear.

“They poured libation around 7 pm before we mounted a search for the bod,” he said.

The family of the deceased are angry with the school for ignoring its responsibility.

The deceased aunt, Adwoa Asiedua, who expressed her disappointment over the school’s negligence said every term, she pays for boarding fees.

But headmistress of Osino Presbyterian Senior High School, Silvia Aboagye confirmed that Kelvin is no more at the boarding house.

She explained, the boarding facility is limited to very few students so students are required to register for each term but records have it that Kelvin didn’t register for a boarding facility this term.

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