Nigeria Maritime University student, one other drown as boat capsizes in Warri River
A student and a caterer from the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko, in Warri, Delta State, have drowned in a boating incident on the Warri River.
Popo Precious, a Marine Engineering Cadet from Tamar 3, has been identified as the deceased pupil.
On Friday morning, October 1, the deceased and other passengers were traveling from Okerenkoko to Warri when the accident occurred.
The victims allegedly boarded a private boat rather than the school boat, which they had already paid for as part of their expenses. The driver saved the other kids who had boarded the boat.
Although the reason for the disaster is yet uncertain, some survivors claim that the boat capsized.
Some people who do not know how to swim, including locals, were not wearing lifejackets, according to one of the pupils.
Local divers later retrieved the bodies of the deceased, according to the student.
The deceased student, who belonged to the Ijaw tribe, was reportedly buried by his family on Friday evening, while the caterer’s body was sent to the Warri Central Hospital.
“They boarded a private boat against the school rule that students and staff should only make use of school-owned boats and any other provided by management to ferry students to Warri,” the official said.
“It was on their way going that the boat capsized. Unfortunately, one of our students and caterer drowned in the process. We don’t know exactly what happened but the boat driver is already answering questions from police. The school has never recorded a case of boat mishap since we commenced academic activities.” he added.
The spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, DSP Bright Edafe, who confirmed the incident, identified the victims as a male and a female.
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