52 Gambians Lose Their Lives in Boat Tragedy- State House
State House says Gambian President Adama Barrow was briefed that 52 Gambians have died in a boat accident off the Mauritanian coast on Wednesday.
“It is with great sadness that we learn of the tragic boat accident off the coast of Mauritania that claimed the lives of many Gambians,” the presidency expressed in a statement.
“His Excellency, President Adama Barrow has been briefed earlier that the boat originated from Barra, North Bank Region, and fifty-two (52) Gambians lost their lives whiles eighty (80) others survived.”
It added that The Gambia Government is working with the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) and will dispatch a delegation to Mauritania at the earliest possible time to investigate and gather more information on the accident.
President Barrow expresses heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims.
Earlier today, some survivors were quoted in the IOM press release explaining that the accident happened when the boat ran out of fuel. They said the boat took off from Barra Wednesday of last week.