Kebbi Boat Mishap: NIWA  Accuse Operators Of Neglecting Safety Guidelines

Kebbi Boat Mishap: NIWA  Accuse Operators Of Neglecting Safety Guidelines

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has commiserated with the government and people of Kebbi State over the recent boat mishap involving 22 passengers from Kasabo village in Agwara Local Government of Niger State heading to Yauri market in Kebbi State.

In a statement issued by the management, the agency said it felt deep sorrow and heavy heart over the incident.

According to NIWA, Preliminary investigation from our area office in Yauri, Kebbi state revealed that, the wooden boat capsized as a result of heavy windstorm that accompanied the bad weather caused the incident.

The statement added, “the sad and avoidable incident occurred on Monday 2nd October, 2023 due to human error where the sailor ignored the weather condition that was turbulent.
“Whereas the sailor was supposed to berth at the nearest bank of the river which is NIWA safety guidelines for such weather condition, he decided to continue the journey thus making the passengers to panic and some of them jumped into the water without wearing life jackets and later the boat capsized”.

NIWA rescue team in Yauri Area Office where the incident happened, were involved in the rescue operation with other agencies.

Fourteen (14 ) persons were rescued alive and six (6 ) dead bodies were retrieved while the search continues for the remaining two (2) bodies.

The agency said that despite several efforts in sensitization campaign on safety and training of Boat operators in Yauri in particular and other parts of the country, such issues will continue due to negligence of the boat operators to NIWA safety guidelines.

The Authority said it will continue its training and sensitization campaign to prevent the occurrence of such incident in the future.

“May God Almighty grant the families of the victims the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones and may the souls of the departed rest in peace”, the statement added.

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