At least seven people have been killed when a boat capsized on Ghana’s Volta Lake, officials have confirmed.
The incident happened in the Kwahu Afram Plains North District, when the vessel was travelling from Dzemeni to Havorkope on Thursday, according to the Ghana Police Service.
The victims involved five males and two females while 13 others were rescued. It is not clear whether rescue operations have been called off.
A police spokesperson with the Eastern Regional Police Command Ebenezer Tetteh said: “At about 6:00 pm yesterday, a passenger boat with 20 passengers travelling on the Volta Lake from Jemeni to Havekokpe met an unfortunate situation where the boat capsized, killing 7 people as 13 were rescued. The ages of the deceased ranged from 31-60 years. Their bodies have been deposited at a private morgue on the island as investigations commence.”
Ferry accidents are common along the Volta Lake because victims are usually overloaded on weak vessels. In some cases, they are not provided with protective gears, exposing them to several threats.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH