Bayelsa boat accident: Corps member, 3 others found dead | Dailytrust

Bayelsa boat accident: Corps member, 3 others found dead

Boat mishap
Boat mishap

Corpses of the female corps member and three others including a 70-year-old chief from Otuan Community who drowned in Saturday’s boat mishap in Bayelsa State have been found.

According to sources in the community, the corpses of other victims of the boat mishap that occurred along the Otuan and Ayama communities of the Southern Ijaw Local Government council area are still missing.

Adamawa Police command crack down criminal hideouts, arrest 13

Bandits gun down herdsman in Abuja

Daily Trust gathered that the boat accident was allegedly caused by bad weather, poor visibility and the lack of life jackets for passengers.

According to boat operators at Ayama waterfront, the corpses of the victims, particularly the female corps member, identified as Immaculate from Rivers State and the 70-year-old chief from Otuan, were found floating on Sunday night close to the scene of the incident.

Bayelsa State Chairman of the Maritime Workers Union, Comrade Ipigansi Ogoniba, who confirmed that the union and the search teams were notified of the corpses of the victims floating on the river close to the scene of the accident, added that the recovered corpses have been handed over the families of the deceased, while the two toddlers are still missing.

He disclosed that the authority of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has been notified of the recovery of the corpse of the deceased female corps member.

Also speaking, Mr Domo Timi, who is the son of the 70-year-old victim, confirmed that while the corpse of his father was deposited at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital at Okolobiri, the remains of the corps member was deposited at the Federal Medical centre.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, SP Asinim Butswat, has denied the rumoured arrest of the boat driver, Lucky Christopher.

He said the driver of the ill-fated boat was only invited by the police for questioning on why he conveyed the victims during a heavy rainstorm.

Dear Reader,
Every day, we work hard to provide readers such as you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information. Quality journalism costs money. Today, we're asking that you support us to do more. Your support means that Daily Trust can keep offering journalism to everyone in the world. Sign up for as little as N1,000 to become a member. Learn more about our membership here

Bank transfers can be made to:
Zenith Bank
Media Trust Ltd

Please send details of your bank transfer to the email or Whatsapp number below so that we can contact you.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Whatsapp: +234 806 990 3410