The tragedy occurred on Tuesday July 5, when a boat carrying thirteen people from Mankumanya, a village in the Pru District of the Brong Ahafo Region capsized en route to Yeji.
All seven members of one family died whilst another family lost two children.
Although initial reports suggested the tragedy was caused by strong winds, the District Chief Executive for Pru, Hon. Masawud Muhammed, told Joy FM that the boat was perhaps carrying more than it could take.
“The canoe had taken overload with three bicycles and some fish. Out of the 13, only three survived. A man and his wife, he was able to pick his wife and was able to swim with her but he lost his two children. Seven of them come from a whole family so one family has perished. Looking at the state of the bodies, some have decomposed because the fishes in the water have chopped some of their parts so we had to fast track the burial. It’s really a mass disaster” he bemoaned.
The DCE said arrangements are being made to provide live jackets and enforce load restrictions on the lake.
“We have been doing a lot but we have to do so much because we cannot continue to lose human lives on the lake like that. So the issue of life jackets is also being discussed so we can provide travellers with the jackets”.
Several travellers have over the years lost their lives on the Volta Lake.
However it appears not much is being done to curb the trend after committees were formed to investigate some of these occurrences.
In 2006, there were three of such accidents on the Volta Lake.