RIVERS BOAT ACCIDENT: ONE BODY FOUND



Three days after a passenger boat capsized in Bakana, in the Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, sweeping away six out of 25 persons on board, the body of one of the victims has been found.



It was gathered that the corpse was buried in the early hours of Monday by the bank of the river.

The victim, who was identified as Timothy from Bakana, and his sister were going home when the boat accident occurred.

It was gathered that Bakana youths had been making efforts to recover the remains of persons swept away by the river.

The passenger boat had on Saturday capsized as it was moving from Abonnema Wharf to Bakana, even as 16 persons were said to have been rescued.


A survivor, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the boat was overloaded and none of the passengers was given any life jacket.

She said, “The boat was overloaded and nobody was given a life jacket because of the large number of passengers that were travelling to Bakana for a funeral ceremony and other things.


“Besides, the driver was speeding and he refused to listen to some of us complaining and when we were close to Bakana, the driver took a wrong turn and the boat capsized.”

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