Chinese fishing vessel sinks in Elimina, 11 Ghanaians reportedly missing

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Not less than 11 people have been reportedly missing after a trawler sank off the coast of Ghana on Friday.

It was gathered that the “MV Comforter II”, a Ghanaian vessel operated by a Chinese company, sank during a storm about 180 km off Takoradi (southwest), Ghana’s second-largest port.

“26 crew members were on board when the incident occurred. So far we have rescued 15 people and 11 are still missing,” Paul Bannerman, deputy director of the fisheries ministry said.

“The search and rescue teams led by the navy are still looking for the missing, who are 10 Ghanaians and one Chinese, Bannerman said.

“The crew was carrying a net that had caught a lot of fish and, at the time, it was raining heavily. As they tried to take the fish on board, the boat turned over, causing the disaster,” the Ghanaian daily Times reported, citing a police source.