World Bulletin/News Desk
Up to 18 people were feared dead in another boat mishap in central Nigerian state of Niger, a week after a similar incident left 42 people dead in the same area.
"The incident occurred and it was quite unfortunate," Mohammed Shaba, an official of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), told Anadolu Agency.
He said local sources claimed that the boat was old and the captain could not paddle it to safety when its engine failed.
Abdulgaffar Dan Haruna, a relative of one of the victims, told AA that up to 50 people were on board when the incident happened on Friday.
He said families were only notified about the incident on Saturday morning "because of the distance and lack of network in the area."
"We were told the boat capsized because its engine failed and so could not survive the wave of the river," Dan Haruna added.
He said only six bodies of the 18 feared killed had been recovered and that thirty-two people were rescued by local fishermen and are being treated at a hospital in Minna, the state capital.
"A rescue team is still searching for those believed dead," said Shaba, the NSEMA official.
Last week, 42 people died after a boat, carrying 150 passengers, capsized off Nigeria’s River Niger.Last Mod: 05 Ekim 2013, 23:24