Just a few months after boat mishaps claimed the lives of hundreds in Kwara, Taraba and Anambra States, another Accident has killed at least 20 in Rivers State.

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The victims, including children, were killed along the Andoni-Bonny coastal waters in Rivers State on Tuesday.

The accident is said to have involved two passenger boats plying the routes.

Most of the victims were said to be from Ngo town, Ataba, and Isiama communities in the Andoni Local government area of the state.

Confirming the incident, the chairman of a group, Obolo Youths Coalition, Bonny LG chapter, Gogo Obolo, said in a telephone chat with journalists that the passengers were returning from Ngo town in Andoni to Bonny Island when the accident occurred.

While expressing worry that none of the affected victims have been recovered, he urged the Chairman of the local government, Chief Erastus Awortu, and his counterpart in Bonny LG to expedite action to recover the bodies of the victims and extend a hand of support to their families.

Obolo stated, “The Andoni people residing in Bonny Local Government Area received shocking news of our brothers and sisters involved in a boat accident while returning from the Christmas celebrations.

“While we pray that the rescue effort yield more success to reduce the pain of the accident, we imploy the Andoni local government chairman, Chief Erastus Awortu, and his counterpart in Bonny LG, Anengi Barasua, to visit the family of the victims in this trying period.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Andoni LGA, Awortu, who also confirmed the boat accident, said he immediately dispatched a rescue team upon receiving a distress call, which led to the rescue of some persons..