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15.04.2006 Disaster

Victims of Boat 604 disaster receive relief items

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The Jasikan District Chief Executive, Solomon Donkor, has presented relief items to the victims of the Abotoase Boat disaster at a ceremony at Abotoase.

The items include bags of rice, straw mats and blankets as well as food supplies.

Mr Donkor expressed the government's sympathy to the victims and condolence to the bereaved families of those who died in the accident last Saturday.

The accident occurred about three nautical miles west of Abotoase when a boat travelling between Dudjoeme and Abotoase with foodstuffs, livestock and passengers capsized after hitting an underwater object during a rainstorm.

Meanwhile the police are still holding the principal eyewitness and operator, who was in-charge of the boat christened 604 "Born Again".
Mawuli Akimbola Abayateye, 30 handed himself over to the Police at Abotoase on Thursday.

His brother, Sunday Abayateye, the navigator is however, still at large.

Mawuli Abayateye told the police on Friday that he was carrying a total of 105 passengers of which 10 disembarked before the accident.

Mr William Asiedu, Worawora Zonal Co-ordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) said a total of 71 people mostly children have been registered to have survived the accident with ten persons so far been confirmed dead.