9 drown in Dakar River

Nine people, including a pregnant woman, drowned when the boat in which they were travelling capsised on the Dakar River in the Northern Region.

The police confirmed to Citi News that only three of the 13 people on board the boat were rescued.

A police officer at the Nanumba North District, DSP Benjamin Aniah, said three women and their children were among those who perished in the accident.

“Divers managed to retrieve the nine bodies. Three of them were women with their children, making six people, and an elderly man, a pregnant woman and a young lady,” he stated, adding that they were all from a community called Ujadoo.

According to DSP Aniah, when rescue workers and staff of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) got to the scene, the bodies had already been retrieved from the water adding that the bodies had already been released to their families, although an official autopsy had not been conducted.

DSP Aniah explained that due to the level of decomposition, it was deemed appropriate to allow the families to bury them.

“When we got that piece of information, I quickly mobilised personnel from the military, from NADMO and medical staff and then we moved to that place. The medical officers examined the bodies and they certified the bodies lifeless and were handed over to their families for burial,” he stressed.

At least 15 people, including six children, died in a boat disaster on the Volta Lake in June.

This follows another disaster in May, where about 15 people were rescued in an accident involving a ferry heading towards Yeji.

In January, one person died while hundreds were rescued in February in two different accidents.

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