10 Jan Nigeria: “Tragedy Strikes in Rivers State: Two Wooden Boats Capsize, Claiming Lives of 5 Infants and 6 Adults in Bonny River Mishap”
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Tragedy struck in Rivers State as two wooden boats, carrying a total of 25 passengers from Ngo Town, Ataba, Isiama, and other Andoni communities, capsized in the treacherous waters of Bonny River. The ill-fated journey was destined for Bonny Island, and the victims included five infants and six adults.
Survivors recounted the harrowing experience, revealing that a heavy wave struck the boats, leading to their tragic demise. Unfortunately, when the incident occurred, there was no immediate rescue team available. Hours later, a rescue team arrived, managing to save 14 passengers while confirming the devastating loss of 11 lives.
Among the deceased were four children and a grandchild of Mr. Ayayi Promise Festus, the owner and driver of one of the boats. The fishing boat, which served as the primary source of livelihood for Mr. Festus and his family, succumbed to the force of nature.
As the search and recovery efforts continue, three bodies have been retrieved, while eight individuals remain missing. This heartbreaking incident underscores the vulnerability of those who depend on such perilous journeys for their livelihoods. The community mourns the loss of lives and awaits updates on the ongoing search for the missing passengers.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the affected families and communities during this difficult time. The incident serves as a poignant reminder of the need for enhanced safety measures in maritime activities to prevent such tragedies in the future.