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Woman and two children missing in Taraba boat crash

Woman and two children missing in Taraba boat crash

A boating accident is believed to have occurred on the banks of Benue River located in Ibi Local Government Area (LGA) of Taraba State.

Ibi LGA President Bala Bako, who confirmed to Channels Television on Tuesday September 13, said a woman and two children went missing after the incident.

Woman and two children missing in Taraba boat crash

Bako said the boat which was fully loaded with passengers was heading towards Sarkin Kudu market, located across the river.

He said;

“While taking off from the coast, the boat’s engine began to malfunction and suddenly shut down.

“During the engine restart, the boat drifted and struck a building by the river, causing it to break into two parts.

“Several passengers jumped; some had to swim to safety while others were rescued.

“Unfortunately, and quite sadly, a woman and two children were not seen, they drowned. Efforts are already underway to save them if possible.”

Woman and two children missing in Taraba boat crash

In a bid to prevent the incident from happening again, Bako said the council would provide life jackets to protect the lives of passengers, as well as a passenger manifest for proper documentation.

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