About six persons died in an accident involving a vessel around Atlas Cove, Lagos.
Reports said that the victims, who had yet-to-be identified, as of the time of filing this report, were said to have been working on the tanker of the vessel identified as MT Halima when the accident occurred during the weekend.
A statement from the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT confirmed that a distress call was received from the ship through the Western Region Control Centre (WRCC) of the Falcon Eye, a Navy’s Maritime Domain Awareness facility.
The NNS said that after analyzing the ship’s coordinates and discovering it was at position 3.04 southwest of the Lagos Fairway Buoy, a rescue party was dispatched from NNS BEECROFT’s task force at Atlas Cove which took off from Takwa jetty.
It said: “Accordingly, NNS BEECROFT taskforce stationed at Atlas Cove immediately cast off from Tarkwa Jetty to the vessel anchored at Latitude 06°20’58″N, Longitude 003°21’56″E, a position 3.04 nautical miles south west of Lagos fairway buoy.
“The victims were evacuated to Mekwe Jetty, Victoria Island, where the owner of the vessel moved them to the Military Hospital in Ikoyi for medical treatment.”
Commander NNS BEECROFT, Rear Admiral Abdul-Rasheed Malami Haruna advised mariners to employ the highest level of safety while operating at sea in line with international best practices.
He also assured the public of the unwavering commitment of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, in ensuring safety and security of lives within the Nation’s maritime space.