As of 7.57p.m. last Saturday, six more bodies had been retrieved from the Volta Lake in the Afram Plains in the Eastern Region as a result of the boat accident that occurred last Thursday.
That brings to seven, bodies so far retrieved, made up of the boat operator and other females, including one pregnant woman (the wife of the operator) and a little girl.
Apart from the female body that was retrieved last Friday and deposited at the Donkorkrom Presbyterian Church Hospital, all the other six bodies were identified and had been buried by their families because the bodies had started decomposing.
It took a combined effort of local fishermen, divers, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) officials in the company of the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Kwahu Afram Plains North, Mr Samuel Kena, and the Hospital Manager of the Donkorkrom Presbyterian Church Hospital, Rev. Ezekiel Amadu Daribi, to retrieve the bodies.
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Briefing the Daily Graphic after the rescue mission, Rev. Daribi said three of the victims were currently at the Donkorkrom Presbyterian Church Hospital receiving treatment with some degree of burns.
He told the Daily Graphic that the three women on admission claimed that the disaster occurred because of a strong wind which caused the boat to hit a stump and subsequently split.
Rev. Daribi said the boat operator, believed to be aged between 20 and 25, and the girl were both buried at Agalakope, a nearby community where the bodies were found in a bad state.
He further explained that the incident occurred close to a number of communities including Agalakope and Camaloen, where those bodies were recovered.
While praying for the souls of the deceased, Rev. Daribi was convinced that in the coming days, the rest of the bodies would be retrieved. He commended the fisherfolk for their role in helping the search team to recover the bodies.