At least, three persons
were feared dead on Tuesday following a boat collision along Ikpukulubie Creek, near New Road, Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
According to an eye-witness, the victims, two female and a male were among passengers in two commercial outboard engine boats bound for Nembe in Bayelsa State and Bonny in Rivers State before the unfortunate incident occurred.
The eye-witness simply gave the names of the victims as Austin Elija from Ondo State who was the driver of the Nembe –bound boat and member of the Nembe Boat Drivers Union, while the two ladies were Rose from Bayelsa State and the other person was from Andoni.
It was learnt that the boats were over loaded with goods which made it difficult to pick up speed as they were trying to look for a shallow river to enhance take-off.
The eye-witness said the boats were carrying about 32 passengers, while others who sustained injuries following the collision were receiving medical attention in hospitals in Port Harcourt.
Confirming the incident, the Beach Master, Bonny Marine Transport Association, Comrade Henry Jumbo, said it was unfortunate as lives were involved in the boat collision which was rare in the creek.
Jumbo however noted that the association always stressed the need for safety of lives and property, but regretted over the occurrence which took place at about.