NSIB Begins Investigation Into Boat Accident

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The Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has launched an investigation into the boat that claimed the lives of , Paul Odonwodo, also known as ; Abigail Frederick; Precious Oforum, and Joseph Anointing,

LEADERSHIP reports that the boat accident involved a commercial speedboat and a fishing canoe on the Anam River in Anambra State on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.
The boat carrying twelve film and a boat operator reportedly crashed into the canoe, resulting in the loss of five lives.

However, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, the director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, NSIB, Bimbo Oladeji, said the bureau has dispatched an investigation team to the accident site.
According to Oladeji, examination of the wreckage from both vessels involved in the collision, interviews with surviving crew members, eyewitnesses, review of operational procedures for the commercial speed boat would be analysed.
“The NSIB extends its deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in this heartbreaking accident.

Also, the director general of NSIB, Capt. Alex Badeh Jr, share in your grief and NSIB is fully committed to conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of this tragedy and prevent a similar occurrence in the future.”

“An investigation team has been dispatched to the accident site, and an inquiry has begun. The investigation scope includes, but is not limited to: examination of the wreckage from both vessels involved in the collision, interviews with surviving crew members, and eyewitnesses, review of operational procedures for the commercial speed boat, analysis of weather and environmental conditions at the time of the accident, and assessment of compliance with relevant safety standards and regulations for inland waterway transportation.”

Oladeji further assured that the bureau will release the preliminary reports of the investigation to the public.

“NSIB will collaborate with relevant authorities, including the Marine section of the Anambra Command, maritime authorities, and industry experts during the investigation.

“The bureau will release its findings in a preliminary report, followed by a final report upon the investigation's conclusion. These reports aim to enhance safety by providing recommendations to prevent similar accidents in the future.Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims affected by the Anam boat mishap,” she stated.

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