NN reiterates importance of lifejackets, life buoys, others


…Averts disaster, rescues over 250 passengers from capsized boat


By Abiodun OBA


The Nigerian Navy has reiterated the importance of lifejackets, life buoys and other life-saving equipment to local maritime operators.

This is as personnel of the Naval Security Station (NSS) 023 deployed along Cawthorne Channel averted what could have been a major tragedy in Rivers State when they successfully rescued 250 persons on board a capsized passenger boat.

The rescued persons, majority of them traders, cast off from a local market in Sangana area of Bayelsa State, heading for Rivers State.

Midway into the journey, the ill-fated boat, MV PRECIOUS EMMANUEL, reportedly encountered stormy waters, in the process of which it hit a wreck which damaged its hull and caused it to capsize.

Director of Information, Commodore Aiwuyor Adams- Aliu, who emphasized the importance of life saving measures, disclosed that the incident happened about 10 pm on Monday, April 28,2024.

According to him: “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. This rescue effort is in line with the Strategic Directive of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla which states that “the strategic end state of NN operations is a safe and secure maritime environment in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.

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

“Provision and proper utilisation 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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