Twelve crew members of a fishing vessel named ‘LADY BARBARA’ belonging to SEABLESS Fishing Company Limited have been saved after their vessel went under.
Luck came to the sinking 12, after the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, in a search and rescue operation came to their rescue.
The Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed on Tuesday said that the crew were rescued on Thursday, August 5.
“The Search and Rescue Operation was conducted following a distress call put across to the Base.
“In response to the distress call, the patrol team of the Base in collaboration with some personnel of Nigeria Customs swung into action.
“This led to the rescue of 12 out of the 13 crew onboard the vessel at the entrance to Lagos Harbour and a search for the missing sailor is still ongoing,” he said.
Commodore Mohammed said that failure of the main engine of the fishing vessel and heavy waves led to the mishap.
He added that the timely intervention of the Base was responsible for saving the lives of the crew.
“The Nigerian Navy in conjunction with the Company and other relevant agencies are conducting necessary investigations to unravel why the vessel capsized.
“The rescued crew has since been handed over to the representatives of SEABLESS Fishing Company Limited, Mr Affa Azeez and they are undergoing medical treatment,” the Commander said.
Commodore Mohammed commended the search and rescue team of the Base.
He reassured Nigerians of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo’s commitment towards sustaining the safety and security of lives and property within Nigeria’s Maritime environment among other constitutionional roles.