Yeji Volta Lake accident death toll rises to 13

Seven more bodies have been retrieved by the rescue team in Sunday’s boat disaster at the Yeji stretch of the Volta Lake.

This has increased the number of deaths including a pregnant woman and children to 13. The bodies of the seven persons have been deposited at the hospital while the rescue team continues the search for the rest who got drowned.

The Ghana Navy is being assisted by inhabitants in the rescue exercise.

The boat with over 50 people on board was said to have hit a tree stump and sunk in the middle of their journey from Nantwekope to Yeji in the Brong Ahafo region.

Some survivors managed to save some passengers who could not swim when the incident happened but several others are believed trapped under the lake.

Chairman of the Canoe Owners Association of the area, Noah Kwame Sarfo told Onua News that the rescue team has been working day and night to retrieve those trapped under the lake.

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Pru District Coordinator for the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Justice Duola Charles decried the lack of logistics for the rescue exercise.

He therefore called for support from individuals and corporate bodies.

He claimed he was informed that most of the travelers were given life jackets to put on but they refused to wear them.

Story by Kweku Antwi-Otoo/Onua FM/



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