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RSLAF rescues seven Ghanaian fishermen

RSLAF rescues seven Ghanaian fishermen

Latest report reaching this press states that the Officer Commanding Forward Operation Base (FOB), Bonthe, Sub Lt. J.S. Kamara has rescued seven fishermen while on their way to Liberia last Friday, 3rd September 2010 at about 9:30 a.m.

Lt. Navy Kamara disclosed that he was on patrol between Manie Point to Cape St. Ann’s general area when he saw a fishing boat sailing towards them, but all of a sudden the boat disappeared in the high seas as a result of bad weather.

He said he had to enforce patrol towards the direction of the boat.

“At the scene we found that the boat had capsized and the crew on board swimming in different direction,” narrated Lt. J.S. Kamara.

“We quickly rescued all seven men and ferried them to Sand Beach village,” he added.

He said he and team also retrieved their fishing nets including the boat but it was unfortunate they could not recover their personal effects.

The lucky fishermen however complained of losing cash and other valuable items.

The Navy officer said when he interviewed the fishermen he discovered that all seven of them were Ghanaian nationals traveling from Freetown to meet their relations in Liberia.

Among the seven rescued were Kofi Teteh, the team leader, Quincy Pshun, Quinton Amayaw, Postos Pashaki, John Bright and Ajah Aquin.

According to Lt. Kamara, Pashaki explained that they had a steam all night and were cut off by sleep when they ran into danger and their boat capsized, as there was no communication coverage in the area of the accident. The navy officer said all seven crew were handed over to the headman of Sand Beach village.

The team leader, Kofi Teteh later went to Sulima to meet the boat owner to provide them another boat so that they can collect their fishing nets and proceed to Liberia.

The accident took place within an area 40 nautical miles to Bonthe.

The matter has been reported to the Commanding Officer of the RSLAF Navy, Capt (N) D.S. Mansaray, who praised the navy officer and his team for a job well done.

Capt. (N) Mansaray recalled that sometime in 2004 when ‘Madame Monique’ was traveling from Freetown to Liberia and sank within the same area, incidentally it was the same Lt. J.S. Kamara who helped rescued nineteen of the passengers on board.

By John Bull

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