4 die, 5 rescued in Taraba boat mishap

Four people were feared dead while five persons were rescued when their boats capsized in Mayo Ngear Axis of Gyembu in Sardauna Local Area of Taraba State at the weekend.

Among the rescued persons is a former Chairman of Sardauna Local Government Area of the state.

Confirming this to the Nigerian Tribune, the local government chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Tepsy, said that efforts were ongoing to recover the bodies of the other four persons who are still missing.

According to Tepsy, “seven persons were on board the boat and two others were crossing in another boat when the unfortunate incident occurred.

“We were able to rescue five of the nine persons alive, but the other four are feared dead. Our efforts now are geared towards recovering their bodies.”

Tepsy said the council was already putting measures in place to ensure that such mishap is forestalled in the future.

“We can not fold our arms and allow such mishap to continue. We are putting measures in place to ensure that we do not have such disaster, at least not of this magnitude.”