Boat Mishap: Death toll rises to 7, rescue ongoing

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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The death toll arising from the recent boat mishap has risen to seven, while the number of those rescued is now 108.

Colonel Kinvy Nkonde of the Special Battalion Intervention, SBI Unit of the Republic of Cameroon’s army disclosed this in a telephone interview with some journalists in Calabar, the Cross River State capital city, southern Nigeria.

Colonel Nkonde said: “In total it was seven dead bodies. Actually, the divers are on board. Many people are still missing because some of those rescued say some passengers are still missing.”

“The divers are still in the waters to see if they can rescue or recover more people,” said Nkonde.

Meanwhile, the gates of the Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority dockyard, where Nigerians travelling to the Republic of Cameroon, Garbon and Equatorial Guinea, have remained shut to the public.

Princewill Anyim, the Director General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency said: “We are not in a position to give the figure, but the Nigerian Navy, who are in charge of the waterways. We are following the situation.”

Effort to speak to the Spokespersons of the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Victory Calabar and the Eastern Naval Command was yet to yield results.

Omolayo.A