At least one person has died after a boat carrying local fishermen in The Gambia capsized in the Atlantic Ocean, authorities in the West African nation confirmed.
Two people remained missing and the body of at least one person has been recovered by the country’s navy in the incident that occurred last week.
The recovered body is that of Papa Mamadi Ceesay, 45, a Senegalese citizen that immigrated to the Gambian city of Brikama, 35 minutes drive northeast of Tanji, where the boat capsized. One person was rescued alive. He was wearing a life vest when the incident happened.
In a separate incident, three girls have died in a village river in the Kombo East district, including an 11-year-old girl after they went swimming. High tides were blamed for their demise, according to villagers.
Fishing is one of Gambia’s highest source of income for many in its coastal towns. The fishermen are mostly economic immigrants from neighboring Senegal and Ghana.
Authorities have advised fishermen to be careful and to wear lifejackets when venturing into high seas. They also urged them to follow protection guidelines and emergency proceedures.