- Boat mishap has claimed lives of 2 infants of same parent in Port Harcourt
- The incident occurred a week after one Joe Blackson died along Bakana waterways, Port Harcourt in another boat mishap
- Eyewitnesses narrated that the boat operator and divers were able to rescue the 22 of the passengers
Barely a week after a boat mishap claimed the life of one Joe Blackson along Bakana waterways, another 24 passenger boat capsized along the Okrika-Marine base axis near Port Harcourt on Sunday, August 5, claiming the lives of two infants all of the same parents.
NAIJ.com gathered that the boat was carrying 24 passengers but ran into the solid debris forcing the operator to lose the control of the boat before it capsized.
In a report by NAIJ.com regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, said that 22 of the passengers were rescued by divers while others mainly adults were able to swim to safety.
He, however, noted that two infants of the same parents could not be found after the search was concluded on Sunday, August 5, immediately after the accident occurred.
According to him, a boat operator who plies the Okrika and Marine base axis but does not want his name mentioned, said the boat was returning from Okrika to the Marine base in Port Harcourt when the accident occurred.
He said the eyewitnesses narrated that the boat operator and divers were able to rescue the 22 of the passengers while some of them were able to swim to safety but the two infants were missing and feared dead.
It was reported that survivors called for adequate training for the boat operators in the state, adding that life jackets should be provided for infants on boat transportation and that divers should be stationed at sea shores in case of accidents.
They complained about the use of expired life jackets by boat operators in the state which remain ineffective anytime accidents occur.
The Rivers state police command is yet to comment on the incident.
Meanwhile, the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) in Rivers state has decried the frequency of boat accidents in the state.
The state chairman, Tonye George, who said he witnessed the accident, said the two infants were of the same parents and they are females of six and four years old, calling for the provision of life jackets for infants.
"As I speak to you those children, six and four years old, are of the same parents all girls. They were three children, one was rescued. They may be dead by now because they hadn't life jackets were not rescued after the 24 hours search and rescue operation yesterday", Tonye George lamented.
It would be recalled that a 24 passenger boat also capsized along Bakana waterways but unfortunately claimed the life of Joe Black on who rescued the passengers.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that no fewer than five people were killed after a boat capsized mid-sea in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state while traveling from Lagos Island on Wednesday, July 25.
It was reported that the cause of the accident is yet to be established. The capsized boat belongs to a firm identified as Blue Sea.
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