Mother, son drown in backyard pool


A Ghanaian man, Emmanuel Akrong, has lost his wife, Elizabeth Solomon, and their five-year-old son in a drowning incident in their backyard pool.

Akrong, who is based in Brampton, Canada told The Star, that on Saturday, his wife called to tell him that their son, Emmanuel Akrong Jr was dying. However, when he got home, minutes later, he met the bodies of his wife and son in the pool.

When he tried to lift the body of his wife out of the water and couldn’t, he yelled for help. His next-door neighbour, Ozzy Anjum, 28, helped him when he heard his cry for help.

Anjum found the five-year-old lying on the deck, unresponsive. While his mother was still in the water, face down.

He tried unsuccessfully to do CPR on the boy, then jumped into the pool with another neighbour to get Solomon.

“We dragged her out and flipped her on the deck. There was dirt in her eyes and mouth,” Anjum recalls. Then the paramedics and police arrived on the scene.

Solomon was taken to hospital, where she died early Sunday morning. Her son was pronounced dead on arrival.

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