The Famale pregnant woman, one National Youth Service Corps( NYSC) member, a 70- years-old chief, have been verified among the passengers who lost their lives in a boat mishap on Saturday between Otuan and Ayama communities of Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.
Also among the victims is a mama with her two kiddies. The 70- time-old, Chief Lucky Daniels, is from Otuan community and also a father to a news Reporter in the state.
The boat and the corses of the victims are still missing at the time of this report with deliverance and search sweats ongoing at Ayama Community.
The News Agency gathered that the boat, with a capacity to carry 15 passengers, rammed into a hedge while trying to launch close to Ayama community.
It was also gathered that the autumn rain storm, which made all the passengers cover themselves with Tarpaulin and reduced visibility may have contributed to the disaster.
Domo Timi, a news Reporter, whose father was one of the victims of the accident, said on the telephone that my father was involved and deliverance brigades have been dispatched to check the scene for possible deliverance.
He still expressed confidence in further survivors due to the fact that utmost passengers were putting on life jackets.
The tagged president of the Maritime Union in Otuan Community, Joseph Shedrack told the News Agency, that the boat motorist, Lucky Christopher, who survived the accident, has been detained by the Police Unit in Ayama over alleged reckless driving.
I was president of the Union but some persons who claimed to know further than themselves have been taking charge of the OtuanUnit. However, i would not have allowed the lading of the boat due to poor visibility and bad rainfall, If I had been around.
He said primary examinations showed that the rainfall was bad and rain storm started but those claiming to be acting allowed similar trip. I was told a Corps member, two children and a woman failed. Indeed the Special Adviser on Security to the Governor has called me.
The State Chairman of the Maritime Union, Ipigansi Ogoniba, still, told Newsmen, that six persons have been verified missing and dead.
Six persons failed. When the boat got to Ayama, it had a mishap. One cadaver was recovered and handed to the family for proper burial. While three grown-ups and three children were still missing or presumably dead, he said.
The spokesperson of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Buatswat, also verified the incident but said he’s yet to be duly briefed on the number of casualties and what led to the accident.
On the identity of the fraternity member involved in the boat disaster, Comrade Ogoniba said the authorities of the National Youth Service Corps( NYSC) have been communicated through the Community Liaison Officer( CLO), they’re still searching for her cadaver and we’ve reached out to the NYSC for her identity.
still, we will make a detailed report after the hunt and deliverance or when the body is recovered.
The NYSC will make an sanctioned detail when the body is observed and duly linked.
When communicated , the State Public Relations Officer of the NYSC, Mathew Ngobua, said, We got the information and the State fellow and other staff left the Orientation and went to the place
The State fellow told me that the fraternity member’s name is said to be on the passenger overload and the said fraternity member isn’t at the lodge