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Krachi East : Boat accident caused by negligence of passengers, says NADMO

According to the Krachi East municipal director of NADMO, currently seven people have been rescued and three others are yet to be found

The Krachi East municipal director at National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Jacob Dasievor, has said negligence on the part of the passengers caused the boat to capsize on the River Oti.

On Tuesday 11 June 2024, ten passengers were involved in the Oti River accident after a boat they were travelling in capsized on their return from the Dambai market.

Dasievor said currently seven people have been rescued and three others are yet to be found.

The NADMO official refuted earlier reports that 11 people drowned in the boat accident.

Speaking to Asaase News, he stated that the passengers on board were only ten and were coming from the Dambai side of the river.

“The people onboard were only ten but not as published by some media houses, suggesting they were eleven. The incident happened out of negligence on the part of the passengers and the rider because the boat is a serving boat used for fishing and can only carry four passengers. But because the people felt stranded, they forced the rider to pick them up without lifejackets,he said.

Dasievor said three passengers are still missing.

The assembly member for Dambai Lakeside, Emmanuel Atali, said that not long after the boat capsized, a team of rescue operations was launched by Navy officials and local boat operators to help retrieve the drowned victims.

“Some of the victims, including a baby girl, were found and rushed to intensive care at Dambai Health Centre for medical treatment,he said.

The boat, which took off from Dambai, was heading towards Njari, a farming and fishing community under Krachi East Municipality of the Oti Region when the disaster occurred.

According to Dasievor, this would not have happened if the passengers had not forced the rider to pick them up.

He said the rate at which lives are lost on the lake due to this negligence is becoming too alarming.

The NADMO director said, currently, seven people have been found alive and have been sent to the hospital since the day of the incident.

The residents have been calling on the Transport Ministry to provide them with ferries in good condition or even construct a bridge over the River Oti.

Meanwhile, the only ferry on the River Oti conveying travellers across the region to other parts of the country is not in good condition as it continues to break down.

Reporting by Solomon Mensah-Ahiable in the Oti region

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