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Residents Hails Nigerian Navy For Rescuing Over 250 Passengers From Capsized Boat Along Cawthorne Channel

Resident’s Of Port hardcourt has applauded the gallantry of Nigeria Navy for rescuing passengers of capsized boat along the waterways

Some the residents who spoke with our corresponded after the news broke, expressed Joy that the Navy who where patrolling the area responded swiftly to the distress call and was able to rescue all the passengers

A resident Identified himself as Mr. James said when I heard the news this morning I was shocked asked How manage they were able to rescue all the passengers but it doesn’t matter now, we thank God That they were rescued

Recall that  a press release made available to Newsmen on Tuesday morning, as the Navy reiterated the importance of lifejackets and other life-saving equipment to local maritime operators.

The operatives of the Nigerian Navy have confirmed the rescue of over 250 passengers from a boat in Rivers State.

This was stated in press release made available to SaharaReporters on Tuesday morning, as the Navy reiterated the importance of lifejackets and other life-saving equipment to local maritime operators.

The military said, “The Nigerian Navy (NN) personnel of Naval Security Station (NSS) 023 deployed along Cawthorne Channel in Rivers State rescued over 250 passengers who were onboard a capsized passenger boat at about 10pm local time on 28 April 2024.

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“The ill-fated boat, MV PRECIOUS EMMANUEL cast off from a local market in Sangana area of Bayelsa State and was making way to Rivers State when it encountered stormy waters and hit a wreck which damaged its hull causing it to capsize.

“Notably, the locally made, 3-deck wooden vessel popularly known as “Large Cotonou Boat” was overborne, had no lifesaving equipment onboard and none of its passengers wore a lifejacket.

“It was the vigilant eyes and professional response of NN personnel who swiftly undertook a rescue mission that ensured no life was lost.

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“Additionally, the NN wishes to reiterate the importance of lifejackets, life buoys and other life-saving equipment to local maritime operators.

“Provision and proper utilization of such equipment is imperative to safety of lives at sea.

“The NN, wishes to assure the general public that it remains committed to securing Nigeria’s maritime space from the backwaters to the outermost limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone for legitimate businesses to thrive.”

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