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  • Updated: January 10, 2024

Boat mishap claims over 20 lives in Rivers

Boat mishap claims over 20 lives in Rivers

At least 20 people are believed to have been killed in a boat accident in Rivers State on Tuesday night.

Allnews.ng gathered that the tragic incident occurred in Andoni waterways in the State's Andoni Local Government Area when two passenger boats heading for Bonny, a neighbouring coastal council area, capsized.

Erastus Awortu, chairman of Andoni LGA, acknowledged the development in a statement, expressing acute shock and condolences to the victims’ families and communities.

The statement reads in part, “We received with rude shock and deep pain a disturbing report that over 20 persons from Andoni are feared dead in a boat mishap involving two Andoni/Bonny-bound boats which occurred within the Andoni waterways on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

“Upon receiving the sad development, we immediately dispatched our team to join the first responders on a rescue mission at the scene of the incident in a bid to salvage the situation.

“We are closely monitoring the situation to offer further support, especially to give the survivors necessary medical attention and recover the remains of the dead from the sea.” 

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