Ghana: President Sends Condolences After Tree 'Kills 18' at Waterfall

The accident occurred after a huge tree run off the top of the waterfall following strong winds, falling onto the scores of revellers swimming beneath the fall.

Eyewitnesses told local police that the incident happened around 4 p.m. (12 p.m. ET) during a severe rainstorm which caused three large trees to fall to the ground.

Personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service and the police service are now at the scene to rescue those trapped under the fallen tree.

The incident is the most catastrophic domestic tourism accident in Ghana in the last few years.

Early respondents reportedly used chainsaws to cut off the tree branches before some of the trapped students were rescued.

Police commander Desmond Owusu-Boampong told local media Monday that 17 bodies have been retrieved since Sunday at the resort about 414 kilometers (257 miles) north of the capital, Accra.

A further 22 people were injured in the incident and taken to local hospitals for treatment. reported that some students of the University of Energy and Natural Resources were also involved in the accident.

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Situated on the Pumpum River, it is one of the most visited tourist sites in the country.

  • Leroy Wright