Friday, December 27, 2013

Boxing Day Tragedy: 50 Feared Dead, Others Missing As Boat Capsizes In Benue

About 50 persons are feared dead and many declared missing after a boat carrying an unknown number of passengers yesterday capsized in River Buruku in Buruku local government area of Benue State.

According to report, the incident occurred at about 8.45pm when the boat had taken passengers aboard at the crossing terminal before it capsized minutes after starting its journey in yet to be ascertained circumstances.

It was gathered that the passengers, including men and women who had come out to have fun at Buruku Beach to celebrate Boxing Day when tragedy struck.

Confirming the incident, spokesman of the Benue State police command, DSP Daniel Ezeala said, "The number of casualties is yet to be ascertained and investigation is in process", adding that a rescue team was still searching for victms in the river.

He stated that a rescue team has already been dispatched to search for victims in the river.

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