On Saturday night, a canoe carrying seven people collapsed at the Golinga irrigation dam in the Tolon district of the Northern region, resulting in a heartbreaking occurrence.
Three confirmed fatalities from the terrible tragedy, along with one unaccounted-for individual, prompted a community-wide search and rescue operation.
Seven people were coming from a farm when the event happened as they attempted to cross the Golinga dam by canoe, which is frequently done as it is the quickest way to their hamlet.
Tragically, in the middle of the lake, the canoe overturned, throwing the passengers onto a dam.
Three of the seven passengers were able to swim to safety, while the other four—Alhassan Zakaria (40), Yakubu Danaa (45), Alhassan Musah (45), and Issahaku Baako (46)—were unfortunately unable to survive in the ocean and perished.
Community members promptly organized a search team to find the missing people after learning the tragic news. The squad was able to pull Alhassan Zakaria, Yakubu Danaa, and Alhassan Musah’s lifeless bodies from the sea.
Since then, according to custom, the community has buried them in a respectful manner next to the dam.
The missing person, Issahaku Baako, was still being sought after during the night, but search operations were hampered by darkness and difficult weather.
On August 13, at first light, the search was reopened with a fresh focus on finding the last survivor.
The Golingna electoral area assembly member Nantogma Zakaria expressed amazement at the occurrence and emphasized that such a tragedy had never occurred on the dam.