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Boat Carrying 166 Passengers Sinks in Calabar



The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that a wooden boat carrying 166 people about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Calabar capsized on Tuesday with only two known survivors. The boat which left on Friday from the remote town of Oron, in Cross River state was heading to Gabon.

David Akate, the Assistant Director, Information, Cross River Emergency Management Agency, confirmed the incident to National Mirror.

As at yesterday, the mood at the morgue of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, where 45 corpses of some of the victims have been deposited was that of gloom and people thronged the hospital to try to identify the remains of loved ones.

Official sources said the victims’ corpses were brought to Calabar instead of Malabo, where the mishap occurred, because they were believed to be Nigerians.

A Marine Transporter at the Calabar Inland Waterways, Ikechukwu Egwu confirmed the incident to National Mirror adding that the passengers of the boat were mostly Igbo traders who were travelling to Gabon. He said they boarded the wooden boat because it was cheaper.

How sad. May their souls Rest in Peace.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. joy

    March 20, 2013 at 8:33 am

    So sad! May their souls rest in peace.

  2. loveth O.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

    God have Mercy

  3. her royalmajesty

    March 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

    what is happening to us? this is too much ooo, we dont want bad news anymore. LORD heal our land IJN amennnn

  4. Vanessa

    March 20, 2013 at 8:39 am

    may God grant them a peaceful rest in His bosom. It’s quite tragic.

  5. Floxy

    March 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

    @Bellanaija, pls Oron is in Akwa Ibom State not Cross River State as you reported.
    May their souls rest in peace.

    • sad

      March 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      You are right about Oron’s location. RIP…..and while our gov akpabio gives away money left and right, over 100 entered that tiny wooden boat as transportation

  6. Omo1

    March 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Is there nothing good to read about these days?! Only stories of death and sad!

  7. Chyke

    March 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

    May their souls rest in peace. But Naija ppl (especially Igbos? una dey hear am @all? Cheap things are bad. Go for quality not quantity.

  8. follow my weight loss journey

    March 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

    this is sad

  9. Idak

    March 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of the deceased.

  10. Uche

    March 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Dear God, please rest their souls.

  11. Omototun

    March 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Hmmmmn!….what bothered me the most was my initial reaction to this news!! I had to do a double take for the news to settle in as tragic, for a split of a second the news just came across as normal and nothing to be sad about (maybe a sigh at best and ‘gratitude’ no family members were involved) Human life in Nigeria are now just numbers….100 dead in Kano, 65 dead in Bauchi, 89 burned alive in Jos…etc.
    May the souls of the depart rest in peace and their families comforted. God heal our land!!

  12. Grozdan smith

    March 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Its so very serious incident in the boat during the runs in the sea

  13. Ada

    March 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

    What a tragedy, may the Lord show them mercy & their souls rest in peace.

  14. Joe

    March 20, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Weh Lord Jesus this is just a sad news ….People struggling to look for greener pastures and they end up dieing Oh God have mercy.
    May their soul rest in peace…

  15. Omo Naija

    March 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

    May they rest in peace and may their families and friends find comfort in the Lord.

  16. Estee

    March 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    May their souls rest in peace.

  17. fashionandstylepolice

    March 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    May their souls rest in perfect peace. This is so sad. God have mercy on us.

  18. taiwo

    March 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    May their souls rest in perfect peace.

  19. konnie

    March 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    May their souls rest in peace

  20. Nomy

    March 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    166?! Good Lord. Poor traders just looking for a cheap way to do Business, the families biko nu o! So sad!

  21. NNENNE

    March 21, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Am saddened!

  22. Benedict

    September 17, 2014 at 5:34 am

    May they have eternal rest in the bosom of Abraham, and may their gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

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