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Death toll rises to 12 in Port Harcourt boat capsize

30 August 2014, 16:36

Port Harcourt -Two more people were confirmed dead on Saturday after an overloaded boat capsized off the coast of Port Harcourt, taking the death toll to 12.

Twenty-two people were rescued and taken to hospital after the boat went down on Friday as it travelled between Bonny Island and Port Harcourt, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

"From our investigation, the capacity of the boat was 25 but it was carrying 34 people," said NEMA local coordinator Onimode Bandele, revising downward by one the number of people thought to have been on board.'

Also Read: At least 10 dead after boat capsizes in Port Harcourt

"We also learnt that on August 28, the same boat hit an object which affected its hull and we are not sure if it was repaired before being used again," he told AFP.

The boat is thought to have hit an object and overturned early on Friday.



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