Navy rescues 250 passengers from capsized boat in Rivers

The Nigerian Navy (NN) Tuesday, said it personnel rescued over 250 passengers who were onboard a capsized passenger boat in Rivers state.

Director Naval Information, Commodore Adams Aliu disclosed this in a statement.

According to him, The ill-fated boat, MV PRECIOUS EMMANUEL cast off from a local market in Sangana area of Bayelsa state and was making way to Rivers state when it encountered stormy waters and hit a wreck which damaged its hull causing it to capsize.”

He said the locally made, 3-deck wooden vessel popularly known as “Large Cotonou Boat” was overborne, had no lifesaving equipment onboard and none of its passengers wore a lifejacket.

He said It was the vigilant eyes and professional response of personnel of Naval Security Station (NSS) 023, who swiftly undertook a rescue mission that ensured no life was lost.

He said “This rescue effort is in line with the Strategic Directive of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla which states that “the strategic end state of NN operations is a safe and secure maritime environment in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.”

He reiterated the importance of lifejackets, life buoys and other life-saving equipment to local maritime operators.
“Provision and proper utilisation of such equipment is imperative to safety of lives at sea.
” The NN, wishes to assure the general public that it remains committed to securing Nigeria’s maritime space from the backwaters to the outermost limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone for legitimate businesses to thrive,” he added.