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Ghana: Nine pupils confirmed dead as boat ferrying them capsizes


Nine pupils confirmed dead as boat ferrying them capsizes.

On Wednesday, a tragic incident occurred in Ghana’s Greater Accra region, where a boat carrying nine school pupils from Faana to Kelee in the Ga South Municipality capsized, resulting in their deaths.

Eight of the victims’ bodies were discovered earlier and taken to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital morgue, while the ninth child’s remains were found on Thursday morning after an extensive search by community youth.

According to the Municipal Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Christian Afiadenyo, three pupils survived the incident, and there are indications that one of the survivors may have been the boy operating the boat before the accident, although this information is uncertain. Since the tragedy, the community has been in a state of mourning.


The incident has sparked outrage among the local community, with many expressing their condolences to the families of the deceased. The Ghanaian government has also released a statement expressing its condolences and pledging to investigate the incident thoroughly.


Boat accidents are not uncommon in Ghana, particularly in the rural areas where people rely heavily on water transportation. Despite the government’s efforts to improve safety on the waterways, accidents continue to occur, often resulting in the loss of lives.


This tragedy serves as a reminder of the importance of investing in safe and reliable transportation infrastructure and ensuring that safety measures are put in place to prevent future accidents. The loss of these young lives is a devastating blow to the community, and it is essential that everything possible is done to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future.

In addition to improving infrastructure and safety measures, it is crucial that the government provides support and assistance to the families of the victims. Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, and the families of the deceased will require emotional and financial support during this difficult time.

It is also vital that the survivors of the accident receive adequate care and support to help them cope with the traumatic experience. Survivors of such accidents may suffer from physical injuries as well as psychological trauma, and it is essential that they receive the necessary medical attention and counseling to aid in their recovery.


Furthermore, this tragedy highlights the importance of educating the public on safety measures when using water transportation. Many people in rural areas may not be aware of the risks associated with water travel, and it is essential to provide them with information on safety measures such as wearing life jackets and avoiding overloading boats.


Overall, this tragedy is a sobering reminder of the importance of safety and the need to invest in infrastructure and education to prevent accidents from happening. The loss of these young lives is a tragedy that has touched the hearts of many, and it is up to all of us to ensure that such incidents do not happen again in the future.




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My name is Ernest Arthur, a writer for MyNewsAfrica under the stage name Ernest East. I was born and raised in Dunkwa-On-Offin, a small town in the central Region of Ghana. As a journalist, I hold myself to high standards of accuracy, fairness, and integrity in my reporting. I'm committed to upholding the principles of journalism and to bringing transparency and truth to the news. Today, I stand tall as one of Ghana's most respected journalists, and I'm proud to have contributed to the growth and development of the country's media landscape. I'm excited about the future and can't wait to continue sharing stories and making a difference through my work. Email: Watsap:+233553678245