Aspiring sitter dies on Lake Volta

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Aspiring caretaker, Mabel Mawusi Dogah has been identified as one of seven people who drowned in Lake Volta last Thursday while traveling from the Volta Region to the Eastern Region.

The Mepe Ladies goalkeeper was traveling with her mother and brother from Dzemeni to the northern plains of Kwahu Afram for the Easter holidays when the tragic accident happened on the lake.

The canoe on which they were travelling, encountered a storm and capsized, resulting in the death of seven people, including the young footballer whose body resurfaced on Sunday April 17 and was immediately buried.

Thirteen other people traveling on the boat were rescued.

The Volta Regional Football Association, which confirmed Dogah’s passing, wrote: “Our condolences to the whole family of Dogah, Ghana Women League and Mepe Peace Ladies FC on the passing of their daughter and goalkeeper Mabel Mawusi Dogah.

“Mabel drowned on Thursday April 14, 2022 and her remains were later found by the river in Dzemeni yesterday April 17, 2022. According to their customs, she was buried the same day she was found.

“May she rest well in the bosom of her creator.”

Mepe Peace Ladies FC are one of the teams that have signed up to play in the Women’s League Regional Division 1 this season.

Dogah was part of the squad that contested the FA Cup knockouts in the region to select the competition’s representatives.

Risk on the Volta

Traveling by boat on Lake Volta is a normal means of transport for people living in the enclave of the lake.

However, very little attention is paid to safety as most canoes do not operate with life jackets and therefore when bad weather conditions occur during the trip it leads to accidents and loss of life. .

Recurrence

In March last year, six people, consisting of four women and two men, drowned when the canoe they were traveling in on Lake Volta capsized in Adzamansu, a village in Biakoye district in the region of Oti.

Four others managed to swim to safety.

One of the victims has been identified as Evelyn Gadagoe, a third-year student at Kadjebi-Asato High School.

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