BY SAMUEL OYADONGHA
YENAGOA — The remains of two soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force, who died in a boat mishap, weekend, in the creek of Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been recovered.
A security source in the coastal area told Vanguard that the bodies of two of the three soldiers that drowned were recovered yesterday by search parties involving local divers and operatives of the Joint Task Force while one is still missing.
The source, however, added that the search for a third personnel and the soldiers’ rifles in the mangrove creek was ongoing.
The soldiers, who were said to be on their way to take over duties from their colleagues at a security post in Nembe, died when the boat in which they were travelling was hit by violent wave and it capsized.
The mishap, according to the source, occurred at about 4 pm, Saturday, along the Nembe-Obioku creek in the Bayelsa East senatorial district.
“Two of the corpses were recovered from the river this morning (yesterday) while search is ongoing for the third soldier and their rifles. Their boat was said to have lost control and capsized after it was hit by violent storm,” the security source who pleaded anonymity said.
Media Coordinator, JTF, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, had on Sunday when contacted on the unfortunate incident blamed the boat mishap on high tidal current along the river.
Nwachukwu who said the information about the incident was still sketchy, however, added that only one of the soldiers had been declared missing.
He said: “Information reaching me confirmed that there was an unfortunate boat mishap resulting from high tidal current along the river.
“Rescue boats were immediately dispatched to salvage the situation. An operative was reportedly missing and search and rescue efforts are ongoing. Casualty details are not yet known.”