Boat accident on Lake Volta taking 7 lives

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A boat capsized on the Late Volta in the Kwahu North District of the Eastern Region, killing seven.

The incident occurred at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2022, according to DSP Ebenezer Tetteh.

A 20-person passenger boat caught in a heavy storm on the Volta Lake between Dzemeni and Havorkope on Dwarf Island capsized mid-way.

Seven people drowned, five females and two males aged 31-60. The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at a private morgue on the island.

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Karrah Joseph Eric, District NADMO Operations Officer, said 13 other passengers were rescued after the boat owners conducted a search and rescue operation.

“The search efforts began last night and continue today. As a result of the river’s nature, other passengers may have drifted away,” he said.

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The boat operators and passengers do not wear life jackets on the Volta Lake. Several drownings have been reported by NADMO and the police.

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