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NIMASA rescues 3, searches for 8 others after vessel collision incident

Search and Rescue personnel of the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have rescued three
crew members and recovered one body from a vessel collision incident.

This is contained
in a statement on Friday in Lagos by the Head of Public Relations, NIMASA,
Hajia Lami Tumaka.

She said the
collision involving MT Elixir and MT Tank occurred midstream about 65 miles
from shore, just 10 nautical miles southwest of the Bonga FPSO near Warri.

Divers and other
rescue personnel were still at the site of the incident where eight crew
members of MT Tank appeared to have been trapped, Tumaka said in the statement.

She said
preliminary reports showed that the incident occurred at about 12 midnight on
Monday, Oct. 19, and that MT Tank got broken in the process and was taken in by

The Ag. Director
General of NIMASA, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro, was said to have directed for
comprehensive rescue operation and thorough investigation into the incident to
ascertain the remote and immediate causes.

She said Jauro
expressed sadness over the loss of life occasioned by the incident urging crew
members to exercise more caution in navigation especially around terminals.

She said the three
rescued crew members were receiving treatment at Twins Clinic Warri at the care
of NIMASA, while the body of the deceased was deposited at the morgue.

She said rescue
operation was still ongoing for the remaining eight crew members.

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