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Families recover two corpses of the deceased six passengers of Bayelsa boat mishap

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By Enekorogha Godbless

Families of the deceased six passengers in a boat mishap on Saturday along the Otuan, Ayama communities of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have reportedly recovered two corpses as two toddlers were still missing.

The incident which occurred on Saturday at about 4 pm, was allegedly caused by bad weather, poor visibility and a lack of life jackets for the passengers.

Congress newspaper gathered that a pregnant woman, one female corps member and a 70-year-old Chief, were suspected to be among the passengers that were drowned in the boat mishap on Saturday between Otuan and Ayama communities of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the State.

A resident of the Ayama community said the corpses, including the female Corps Member, identified as Immaculate from Rivers State and the 70 years old Chief from Otuan, were found floating on Sunday night close to the scene of the accident.

The State Chairman of the Maritime Workers Union, Ipigansi Ogoniba, told newsmen that the union and the search teams were alerted about the floating corpses of the victims close to the scene of the accident.

While confirming, he added that the corpses of the two toddlers who were part of the victims have not been recovered, while others have been handed to their families for burial rites.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, has denied the reported arrest of the boat driver, Lucky Christopher.