Over 100 passengers in a boat that left Calabar, the Cross River State capital, with and crew members for Cameroon capsized yesterday on the high sea. Report said the boat capsized in Gulf of Guinea between Nimunda and Edina, in Cameroon with many feared missing.
the vessel left the Terminal C of the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, operated by Shoreline Logistics, on Sunday before the incident occurred on the high seas on the way to Cameroon around 6p.m. and had over 100 persons on board.
An affected merchant who pleaded anonymity said he had some cargo he was transporting in the ill-fated boat, saying “From what we heard, the boat capsized on the high sea and even some passengers may be missing. The boat as usual was overloaded and that is what has been happening.
He urged the Federal Government to do more to ensure the safety of the passengers and the safety of the ship and the cargo. This is not the first time this is happening. The government should do more about safety.
” Meanwhile, a Cameroon Navy official who preferred not to be named, claimed 200 passengers were on board the ferry, which left Nigeria and was heading to Tiko wharf in Cameroon’s Southwest region. The official disclosed that the Navy rescued over 100 people from the ferry, while over 90 others are still missing, adding that Search and Rescue, SAR, efforts have continued.
‘’He highlighted that it was still unclear what caused the ferry to sink; though preliminary investigations showed it encountered rough weather.