In a devastating incident that occurred on the River Oti in the Krachi West Municipality of the Oti Region, two individuals lost their lives after the boat they were travelling in capsized. The Municipal Chief Executive for Krachi West, Mr Emmanuel Jalual, confirmed the incident, which involved seven passengers travelling from Kete-Krachi to Kotoli, a fishing community.
According to Mr Peter Okutu, Assembly member of Yabi Electoral Area, the boat capsized due to strong winds. While one passenger was able to swim to a nearby community and raise the alarm, two others lost their lives, and five were rescued. Unfortunately, the victims were not wearing life jackets at the time of the accident, which has raised concerns about safety measures for those living on island communities.
Mr Okutu has appealed to authorities in the Municipality to provide essential safety materials, such as life jackets, to prevent similar tragedies in the future. For the most part, island communities are dependent on boats for transportation, and without adequate safety equipment, they remain vulnerable to accidents.
The bodies of the deceased were deposited at the Kete-Krachi Municipal Hospital morgue, and following police instruction, were buried on Sunday. This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety measures, especially when travelling by boat. As island communities continue to rely on boats for transportation, it is crucial that safety measures are implemented to protect the lives of passengers.
Source: Ghana News Agency