Three medical students under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Students Association (NIMSA) have been confirmed dead after a speed boat capsized in the Calabar Channel on Saturday afternoon.
The said medical students under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Students Association (NIMSA) had gathered from universities across the country to attend the NiMSA annual Health Week.
This annual event was scheduled to hold in Calabar.
The Boat Cruise
These students had arrived in Calabar safely, but that was not satisfactory enough, they wanted more.
In a bid to explore the ancient city, the students were said to have headed to the Marina Resort for a boat cruise.
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Their excitement and fun was cut short after the boat capsized.
While eleven students have been rescued, three are currently missing.
Watch video of the incident below:
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An eyewitness said the tragic incident occurred due to high waves on the Calabar Channel.
“The boat capsized due to high waves on the Calabar Channel and the 14 passengers, including the driver, drowned.
“But the fortunate thing is that the Nigerian Navy patrol teams were nearby. So their divers were able to save 11.”
The Governor’s Reaction
Meanwhile, the state governor, Prince Bassey Otu, is not happy about the tragic event.
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He has ordered an investigation into the boat mishap involving the 14 medical students.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Ogbeche, the governor expressed sadness that three of the medical students, who were in Calabar for the Nigeria Medical Students Games, were yet to be found.
The governor urged security and rescue agencies as well as local villagers involved in the operations to find the missing students and reunite them with their families.