Governor Orders Investigation into Calabar Boat Mishap as Three Medical Students Remain Missing


The boat accident that took place at the renowned Marina Resort in Calabar, the capital of the state, has prompted Governor Bassey Otu to initiate a thorough investigation.

Recall that Strenuousblog reported that Three Final-Year Medical Students were missing after a boat sank at Calabar's Marina Resort.

Three final-year medical students are currently unaccounted for following a tragic boat accident at the Marina resort in Calabar, Cross River State read here

In an official statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Ogbeche, the governor expressed deep sorrow over the situation, particularly regarding the three medical students who were in Calabar to participate in the Nigeria Medical Students Games and are currently unaccounted for.

Governor Otu has urged security and rescue organizations, along with the local community, to join forces and intensify their efforts in locating the missing students and reuniting them with their loved ones.

Read the press statement below

Cross River Governor Orders Investigation Into Cruise Boat Accident, Commends Navy, Villagers For Prompt Response

Cross River State Governor, Senator (Prince) Bassey Otu, has ordered investigation into the cruise boat mishap involving 14 medical students at the popular Marina Resort in Calabar, the state capital.

The governor, who is saddened that 3 of the medical students, who are in Calabar for the Nigeria Medical Students Games, are yet-to-be found, charged security and rescue agencies as well as local villagers involved in the operations to find the missing students and reunite them with their families.

Otu decried the safety standards at the resort, vowing that anyone found guilty to have compromised on safety would be severely sanctioned.

The news of a cruise boat mishap at the Marina Resort, a tourist and relaxation destination in Calabar, is saddening and calls for concern not only as your governor but as a parent.

To imagine that the boat was overcrowded and some of those on it were without life jackets is of even greater concern, and the more reason why the state government will be investigating the incident and all those found culpable of having compromised on safety standards will face the wrath of the law.

As a government, our administration remains committed to protecting the sanctity of life and providing an enabling environment for business, tourism and peaceable living. Therefore, any untoward action that could derail our objective will not be tolerated,” the governor stated.

He further expressed his joy that all but for one of the rescued students were out of hospital and was confident that the remaining one will pull through as doctors say he is stable and responding to treatment.

Governor Otu was full of praise for personnel of the Nigerian Navy and local villagers who responded swiftly to the hapless revellers and rescued 11 of the 14 passengers on the boat.


Emmanuel Ogbeche
Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor Cross River State''


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