SAD! Many Soldiers Drown In Bayelsa Boat Capsize

Tragedy struck on Monday as scores of Soldiers drowned in a Boat accident along Brass water front in Brass local Government area of Bayelsa State during a military operation.

Reports have it that the incident created panic among newly deployed Soldiers.

‎The State Chairman of the Maritime Union, Lyyod Sese, who confirmed the incident, said the union had received the report on the boat incident, “but [we] don’t have details on the number of casualties”.

An indigene of the community simply identified as Etta said that attempts by community youths and other soldiers to assist in a rescue operation failed as the drowned soldiers could not be found.

“In recent times, we have been noticing increased movement of soldiers in our area. The boat that capsized was conveying a new batch of soldiers to the water front. I was going to dispose of refuse at the waterfront and I saw uniformed soldiers struggling to rescue their colleagues in a capsized boat,” Etta said.

“When the confusion subsided, four soldiers were found to be missing with their rifles and other military gear. Some others that were rescued had their rifles missing and were struggling out of the water.”

Meanwhile the military authorities have soughed the help of local divers and youths to assist in the search for the missing soldiers. One of the youths confirmed that the high tide of the water is impeding the search for the missing soldiers

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