Two Gambians have died and eight rescued in a migrant boat accident in Kafountine in Casamance on 26th June 2022.
“Latest information from our High Commission in Dakar indicate that the pirogue caught fire, causing the death of several people. Ninety two (92) survivors were rescued, including eight (8) Gambians, eight (8) Guineans, four (4) Nigerians, three (3) Bissau-Guineans and sixty nine (69) Senegalese. The deceased include ten (10) Bissau-Guineans, two (2) Gambians, with the remaining being Senegalese,” a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today.
The incident occurred when the boat carrying the migrants on its way to Europe sank off the coast in southern Senegal, the statement added.
The Gambia’s diplomatic Mission in Dakar confirmed that the search for the identities of the missing migrants is still ongoing and the Mission is in-touch with the Senegalese authorities, according to the statement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs prays for God’s infinite mercy and forgiveness on the souls of the departed and further prays that God grants the families the fortitude to bear the loss.