Bortianor-Faana boat disaster victims laid to rest
The family of the nine school children in Faana, an island community in the Greater Accra Region, who drowned on Wednesday, held a burial service for them over the weekend.
The service was held on Sunday, May 14, 2023, followed by the mass burial of the victims.
Hundreds of people including families of the victims gathered to bid farewell to the deceased.
A mother who lost two of her children sat in disbelief gazing at their coffins. Townfolks also massed up at the venue for the joint burial service held for the victims.
Many government officials including the Municipal Chief Executive for Ga South, Joseph Nyarni and Member of Parliament for Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro, Silvester Tetteh, were there to commiserate with the families.
On Wednesday, May 10, the nine school children were returning home from school when the boat which was taking them across an estuary capsised.
Twelve people including the boat owner were on the boat when the incident happened. Three people managed to swim to safety but nine others died.
According to reports, none of them was wearing a life jacket.
The tragic incident has thrown the entire community into a state of mourning.
Giving more details after visiting the town, JoyNews’ Carlos Calony said the boat owner is currently in police custody to assist with investigation.