15 Rescued, 11 Still Missing In Sinking Vessel Disaster- Fisheries Commission
The Fisheries Commission confirmed on Monday that eleven people are still missing after a fishing vessel sank last Friday between Elmina and Takoradi (9 May).
According to Paul Bannerman, deputy director of the Fisheries Commission, there were 26 crew members on the MV Comforter II vessel when the catastrophe occurred, but only 15 have been recovered so far.
“The search and rescue operation started last Friday. As I speak we’ve managed to rescue 15 persons and investigations are ongoing. A lot of vessels are helping with the search. Eleven are missing and we’re still searching,” Bannerman said.
According to the Marine Police, the event occurred 97 nautical miles south of Takoradi on Ghana’s western coast.
He further confirmed that the vessel is Ghanaian-owned, as opposed to prior allegations that it was Chinese-owned.
“It’s a Ghanaian-owned vessel called MV Comforter 2 with four Chinese on board, and it’s authorized,” Mr. Bannerman added.