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Boat Mishap: Diri directs immediate rescue action

The capsised boat

Photo: Alambo Dantoye/Radio Nigeria

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, says he is deeply saddened by the fatal boat incident at Okoroma community in Nembe Local Government Area of the state.

Yet to be confirmed number of persons are said to be missing in Thursday’s mishap involving a local passenger boat.

The boat was said to be carrying scores of passengers and goods worth millions of Naira from Yenagoa to the Brass island and neighbouring communities when it suddenly went under the water due to over loading.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah says Governor Diri has directed the relevant government agencies, including security agencies, to collaborate in the search-and-rescue efforts and ensure the recovery of all missing persons.

The Governor sympathised with injured victims and the families that lost persons in the sad incident.

He prayed that God will give them succour over the unfortunate mishap.

Governor Diri added that his administration will review the cause of such incidents for enhanced decision making to ensure safety of lives and goods on the state’s waterways.

Writing by Alambo Dantoye; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Julian Osamoto