SAILOR MISSING, 12 RESCUED AS VESSEL CAPSIZES NEAR LAGOS
The Nigerian Navy rescued 12 crew members of a capsized fishing vessel, named ‘Lady Barbara’, belonging to Seabless Fishing Company Limited.
The Commander, Commo-dore Bashir Mohammed said that the crew members were rescued on Thursday while the sailor was still missing.
“The Search and Rescue Operation was conducted following a distress call put across to the Base.
“In response to the distress call, the patrol team of the Base, in collaboration with some personnel of the Nigerian Customs, swung into action.
“This led to the rescue of 12 out of the 13 crew onboard the vessel at the entrance to the Lagos Harbour and a search for the missing sailor is still ongoing,” he said.
Mohammed said the mishap was caused by main engine failure of the fishing vessel and as well as heavy waves.
He added that the timely intervention of the Base was responsible for saving the lives of the crew.
“The Nigerian Navy, in conjunction with the company and other relevant agencies, are conducting necessary investigations to unravel why the vessel capsized.
“The rescued crew members have since been handed over to the representatives of Seabless Fishing Company Limited, Affa Azeez, and they are undergoing medical treatment,” the Commander said.
He commended the search and rescue team of the Base for their efforts.
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