No fewer than 76 persons out of 85 passengers who boarded an engine boat in Anambra on Saturday morning have been reported dead.
According to verified reports, the capsized boat which was heading to Nkwo market, Ogbakuba in Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra State from Onukwu Bridge had 85 passengers on board before the unfortunate fate.
Sources close to the scene however reported that only nine persons have been rescued while the rest are yet to be seen.
An official from the State Emergency Management Authority had this to say about the incident: “It has happened. An engine boat that loaded about 85 passengers at Onukwu bridge Ossomala enroute to Nkwo Ogbakuba market capsized this morning. Only nine passengers were rescued, the rest are yet to be seen.
“I wasn’t there when the boat loaded but the information we got unofficially is that it loaded 85.”
More details shortly….