The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft has rescued twelve (12) crew of a capsized vessel belonging to a Fishing Company Limited.

The Search and Rescue Operation was conducted following a distress call put across to the Base.

In response to the distress call, the patrol team of the Base in collaboration with some personnel of Nigerian Customs swung into action leading to the rescue of the twelve (12) out of the thirteen (13) crew onboard the vessel at the entrance to Lagos Harbour. 

Narrating the unfortunate incident, Commander NNS Beecroft, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, in a signed statement confirmed that failure of the main engine of the fishing vessel and heavy waves led to the mishap.  He observed that the timely intervention of the Base was responsible for saving the lives of the crew.

The Commander also stated that the Nigerian Navy in conjunction with the Company and other relevant agencies are conducting necessary investigations to unravel why the vessel capsized.

The rescued crew has been handed over to the representatives of the Fishing Company Limited, Mr. Affa Azeez, and are undergoing medical treatment while a search for the missing sailor is still ongoing.

Commodore Mohammed whilst commending the search and rescue team of the Base reassured Nigerians of the Chief of Naval Staff’s commitment towards sustaining her constitutional roles which include the safety and security of lives and property within Nigeria’s maritime environment.

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