Overloading caused Yeji boat disaster - Police

Overloading caused Yeji boat disaster - Police

The Yeji boat disaster on the Volta River which killed six children - all under three years - on Sunday was caused by overloading, the police have confirmed.

Eyewitnesses said the boat which was carrying passengers from Nantwekope to Yeji hit a tree stump in the middle of the journey and capsized.

According to them, passengers who could swim helped other passengers to stay afloat after the accident but they got tired after holding on for some time.

Three other passengers  - an old woman and two young men -  are still unaccounted for after the navy and officials from the National Disaster Management Organisation managed to rescue most of the 67 passengers.

DSP Abraham Bansah, the Yeji District police commander, told Accra-based Class FM that to prevent a similar tragedy, there was the need for naval officers to be positioned to patrol both ends of the Volta River to ensure that vessel owners do not overload their boats with passengers and load.

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The Yeji boat disaster is not the only accident to have occurred on the Volta River this year. Four people died about a week ago in a similar accident. According to NADMO, the deceased persons included a  three-year-old child, a man and two women.

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