By Lamin Cham

Eight people died in the River Gambia near Sandu in the Upper River Region when their boat capsized yesterday morning police sources confirmed to The Standard.

It is not immediately confirmed how many other passengers were on board at the time of the accident.
According to our sources the initial reports from the area said they men were fishermen though the same route is used for transporting people from one bank to the other.


As word spread of the accident curious crowds gathered at river bank near Diabugu while other helped in recovering the bodies.

“Our investigations are on going as to what might have happened”, said PRO Inspector Foday Conta.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that twenty people have drowned in Betenti, an island village in Senegal with a huge Gambian population.

The victims, almost all women, were killed when a wooden boat capsized off Senegal’s central coast in a delta region popular with tourists.