-8 people feared dead after boat capsized in the Brong Ahafo region
-Among the dead were women and children
-Divers at the scene rescued some 25 other passengers who were also on board the boat
Eight people are reported dead after drowning in the Bui Power reservoir site at Banda in the Brong Ahafo Region. The incident was a result of the boat in which they sat in capsized. It is reported that the majority of the casualties recorded were women and children.
The incident took place on Friday, June 30, when the boat in which some traders were aboard had its outboard motor developing a fault causing he boat to capsize going down with all of its passengers.
Unfortunately, the rescue boat that was at the scene during the incident also developed a fault en route to assist the victims. However, some divers who were around as at the time of the accident rushed to assist the passengers.
The divers managed to save some 25 passengers but even with their efforts, 8 passengers who were also on board the boat lost their lives.
In an interview with Accra-based Citi News, Mrs. Cherie Lawson Adamu, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Bui Power Authority said they received reports of the incident and sent distress calls to the Navy in the area to help salvage the situation. She confirmed that the boat was conveying market women to the Jama area to engage in their daily activities. She revealed that the rescue boat that was sent to assist the passenger boat also capsized after it had also developed a fault.
Mrs. Cherie Lawson Adamu added that the rescue attempts saw some passengers being rescused with 8 pasengers still to be accounted for. She added that the search and rescue team from the Navy are still putting in frantic efforts to find the misplaced eight passenger who appear to have been lost after the boat went down.
She also lamented the activities of illegal settlers in the area that hindered the activities of her outfit necessitating the presence of the Navy to ensure order.
She pleaded with the locals to cooperate with the officials of the Bui Power reservoir site to avert any such calamity in future.
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