Volta Region: 6 drowned on Lake Volta

Six persons, made up of four females and two males, drowned when the canoe in which they were travelling on the Volta Lake capsized at Adzamansu, a village in the Biakoye District in the Oti Region. Four others managed to swim to safety. One of the victims was identified as Evelyn Gadagoe, a form three student of the Kadjebi-Asato Senior High School. Reports indicate that she was on her way home from her okro farm on the other side of the lake.

Some fishermen who witnessed the incident quickly jumped into the river in an attempt to save the victims, but they could not rescue them as it was too late. An SOS was then sent to the Nkonya Police who, within minutes, dispatched a search and rescue team to retrieve the bodies, which were subsequently deposited at the morgue at Kpando. The VolTA Lake is notorious for boat accidents, which have resulted in the loss of many lives over the years. In May last year, seven persons reportedly died when a boat carrying an unspecified number of people capsized, leaving 10 of them feared drowned.

Three persons also drowned on the lake at Doffor-Adidome, a fishing community along the Volta River in May 2012. The canoe carrying seven passengers was caught in a severe storm.

Kobby Koomson
Author: Kobby Koomson

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