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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Three rescued on Volta Lake

     (Kanyi/Mensah) GNA- The swift response of ZOIL Life Guards on the Volta Lake at Dambai in the Krachi-East District on Monday, averted the drowning of a driver and his two mates in the Volta Lake.
     The guards also salvaged a truck loaded with farm produce which fell off the Dambai ferry minutes into the journey to the other bank.
    Mr Joe Nasandi told journalists with Madam Monica Buabeng, National Coordinator Volta Lake Transport Enhancement Project (VLTEP) when she inspected the accident scene that his truck which was parked on the ferry suddenly crashed through one of the engine compartments of the ferry and fell into Lake at the start of the crossing from the Kete_Krachi end of the Lake to Dambai.
      who conducted newsmen around the scene of the accident said  of the the driver of the truck and his two mates were rushed to the Dambai Health Centre when the truck submerged and were later discharged after receiving treatment.
    The driver who spoke to Ghana News Agency in an interview praised the life guards of ZOIL Ghana.
    “If not for the quick intervention of the life guards I would be in the grave,” he said.  
   The incident occurred at about 11 am on Monday, when the truck hit the engine side of the ferry and runs into the lake.
    Monica Buabeng, the National Coordinator of VLTEP  said ZOIL Ghana is committed to ensuring that no life is loss should accident happen on the Volta Lake.
   She said thousand life guards have undergone life saving training to save lives along the Volta Lake to save life when disaster occurred.
   “We trained them at the Tema Naval base to save lives on the lake in case there is an accident,” she asserted
    Madam Buabeng disclosed that 10,000 live jackets, two patrol boats and two speed boats will be provided to better enhance the work of the life guards along the lake.
    Mr Emmanuel Amoako-Baah,the station officer of Volta Lake Transport Company Limited (VLTC) expressed his appreciation to the  initiative taken by ZOIL and pledged his full support for the project to forestall any loss of life in case of any disaster.
    A source at the Dambai Police Station has confirmed the accident and said the case is still under investigation.

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