4 bodies retrieved after boat disaster on white volta rive

The bodies of four farmers who drowned on Friday in the White Volta at Binbini in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region, have been retrieved.

The four, all muslims, were said to be crossing the river to a community to pray, when the canoe in which they were travelling capsized. One person survived.

Mr. Abu Ramadan, Deputy Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), during an interaction with the residents of Binbini on the matter on Saturday, told journalists that the accident occurred on Friday afternoon.

He explained that the four were farming on their friend`s farm when they decided to break in order to cross to the Binbini to observe Friday prayers.

Mr. Ramadan said three of the bodies were retrieved by a search party on the same day while the fourth body was retrieved on Saturday.

He said the bodies have since been released to the families for burial according to in accordance to Islamic religious practice.

Mr. Ramadan said one person survived when he managed to swim to shore.

He commended the community members for their support and cooperation in responding to the incident.

He, however, educated the community members to take precaution while travelling on the river, and urged them to always wear life jackets.

A native of Binbini, Wuni Ayuba told the Ghanaian Times that the accident had thrown the whole community into a state of mourning.

From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.

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