Thirteen fishermen are currently feared to have lost their lives following a tragic incident in Ghana that occurred on Thursday morning. Two fishing vessels, carrying a combined total of 23 fishermen, capsized within the estuary of the Volta River, situated in the Ada East District of the Greater Accra Region.
Among the 23 fishermen aboard the ill-fated boats, ten were successfully rescued from one of the vessels, providing a glimmer of hope amid the tragedy. Regrettably, the whereabouts of the remaining 13 fishermen remain unknown, prompting a coordinated effort between the District National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the Ghana Navy to search for these missing individuals. The precise cause of this calamitous accident has yet to be determined, leaving questions unanswered.
This incident adds to an unfortunate series of boat accidents that have beset Ghana in recent times. In 2022 alone, the nation witnessed no less than ten such incidents, resulting in the heartbreaking loss of over 100 lives. While the government has pledged to enhance safety standards for fishing vessels, the journey towards achieving this goal remains a challenging one. As the nation mourns the loss of these fishermen and grapples with yet another maritime tragedy, it underscores the urgent need for increased safety measures in Ghana’s fishing industry.