Two third year students from the Knustford University College, East Legon, Accra, have reportedly drowned in the Volta river.
The deceased, Edward Alele 22 and Charles Honesty 20 all Nigerians, were part of about 200 students from the school who had travelled to Akosombo as part of activities marking the school’s Students Representative Council (SRC) Week celebrations.
According to the National Disaster Management Orgnasition(NADMO) in Asuogyaman District, the students got drowned after a local canoe they had hiredd to cruise on the river capsized Friday, November 22 at about 2:15 pm.
Lovejoy Dusi, District NADMO Coordinator for the area told Joy Joy News that a group of five of the students allegedly offered to contract a local canoe owner to ferry them at a fee of GHs2 each, instead of a boat cruise for which they were being charged GHs10 each.
Mr. Dusi said midway into the journey, the overloaded boat capsized resulting in the disaster. He said it took local fishermen hours to retrieve bodies of the deceased.
The NADMO official said the boat which was mainly built for fishing was overloaded and had no live jackets on board.
The deceased bodies have since been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue for autopsy.