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Seven dies, 100 rescued in boat mishap



THE Cameroonian authority has confirmed seven persons dead and about 100 rescued in a boat mishap that occurred on Sunday, off the coast of Cameroon.  Colonel Kinry Kande of Cameroon Army Special Battalion intervention, who disclosed this to Journalists in Calabar, Tuesday, said, divers were still working to rescue others.


National Light learnt that the boat which left the Calabar terminal C seaport of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Sunday at about 4pm, capsised two hours later same day in the Gulf of Guinea between Niminda and Edina in Cameroon with cargoes and children on board due to over loading.


It was also gathered, that the vessel named, AUSTRHEIM is operated by shoreline Logistics and the people in the manifest list that could be found were over one hundred.  At the terminal, Tuesday, people were seen talking about the incident in whispers, but an affected merchant, who pleaded anonymity, said he had some cargo that was transported in the ill-fated boat.


Meanwhile, a senior official of the company who spoke with newsmen on anonymity in Calabar last Monday confirmed the incident.  “It happened. I got information about something like that, but it is yet to be official. From what I gathered, it happened on the Cameroon axis, but the boat departed from Calabar”.


The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr. Christian Ita, said the information they had was that the thing happened in Cameroonian waters, not Nigerian territory.  “When Navy got the information, they mobilised men and went there only to discover that it happened in Cameroonian territory, So, there was nothing they could do about it.


The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship, Victory Calabar, Sub LTA Amai, when contacted on phone said, “I am aware of the incident but the information, I got is sketchy. I do not know of the number of casualties yet.

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