No fewer than 10 persons were confirmed dead and eight others missing on Friday in a boat mishap in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
An official of the National Emergency Management Agency, Onimode Bandele, confirmed the incident to AFP.
Bandele said, “We can confirm that 10 persons died early today when a Port Harcourt-bound passenger boat sank. Rescue efforts are ongoing and the agency is already working with other bodies and security agencies in the rescue efforts.”
The Chairman, Bonny Local Government Council, Adonye Wilcox, also confirmed the accident, which he said occurred at 7:45 am.
“Information available indicates that the boat hit an object on the way and sank. Local divers have rescued 17 persons, including four members of the National Youth Service Corps, while 10 persons died as a result of the accident,” he said.
Wilcox added that a search was being conducted for the eight people unaccounted for.
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