UPDATE: Navy Ends Search After Fishing Vessel Sinks Offshore Saltpond…16 Rescued

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The Western Naval Command has ended its search after a fishing vessel, Comforter-2, sunk offshore Saltpond.

So far 16 people have been rescued and one dead body recovered out of the 25 total persons on the vessel.

Public Relations Officer of the 2-Garrison, Enoch Tetteh Opata says, “We are done with it, it has ended and as I speak with you, we’ve not heard anything about the eight people whether they’ve been washed ashore or not. However, we have our ears on the ground to know wherever they will be washed ashore. That is what we are monitoring. Night vision probability is a challenge now and so even in the daytime we are not able to get to the bottom or see through the sea, and it means that even in the evening it’s not worth it.

“You know, the tides are high due to weather conditions and all that, so it has become a challenge, so we need to halt it and monitor wherever they will be washed ashore, but as for the location we can’t tell…” he added.

Explaining why the search has been called off, he said “It has nothing to do with logistics. Like I said when the visibility is not favouring you, no matter how equipped you are, it has to do with the high tides. So we are still monitoring though because there are some portions you can’t let a diver get in due to the high tides, so we can’t risk that. We have to just withdraw and then monitor. We still have our ears on the ground and wherever they will be washed ashore, we will take note of that and then update you”.

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Trobu constituency, Moses Anim in an interview on Peace FM‘s morning show ‘Kokrokoo‘, has also given an update on the “unfortunate” incident as well as the owner of the vessel. This follows reports that the Comforter-2 was owned by a Chinese man.

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