by Tony Tamuno
No less than 10 people have drowned following the capsizing and sinking of a boat carrying 35 passengers.
The passenger boat was headed for Port Harcourt when it suffered the mishap which killed 10 people, and 8 persons reportedly missing.
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) co-ordinator, Onimode Bandele confirmed the incident saying, “We can confirm that 10 persons died early today when a Port Harcourt-bound passenger boat sank.”
“Rescue efforts are ongoing and the agency is already working with other bodies and security agencies in the rescue efforts.”
Adonye Wilcox, the chairman of Bonny local government council, also confirmed the accident, which he said occurred at 7:45 am on Friday, 29 August.
“Information available indicates that the boat hit an object on the way and sank,” he said.
“Local divers have rescued 17 persons, including four members of the National Youth Service Corps, while 10 persons died as a result of the accident”.
Wilcox also added that a search was being conducted for the eight people who are unaccounted for.