Nigerians React To Death Of “Hero” Who Drowned After Saving 13 People
A Nigerian contractor, Joseph Blankson, lost his life trying to save his co-passengers from a boat mishap.
In what has been described as a heroic act, the River State police command spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, said the 38-year-old had rescued 13 people and was on the 14th one before he died from exhaustion.
The senate president, Bukola Saraki, former vice president Atiku and the government of Rivers State are among the Nigerians who have sympathised with the family of the deceased.
See reactions of people below:
Joseph Blankson is a true Nigerian hero who met his tragic end in his quest to rescue others when the boat he was in capsized. He successfully saved 13 people before he got exhausted & drowned. Joseph is a reminder that all Nigerian lives matter. May he find rest among the saints pic.twitter.com/aYCO15oMZg
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) August 7, 2018
Every now and then we hear amazing stories of Nigerian heroes. Joseph Blankson gave his life to save 13 people. I salute this Nigerian hero who by his last great act, showed us, once again, that we have remarkable people across this nation. His memory will be writ in gold. https://t.co/rQjMQPCi8z
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) August 6, 2018
CARROT & STICK
Thank you for your kind words.
While we wait for Buhari & Osinbajo to send their sympathies, permit me to say that I'm less proud that it took a #CNN tweet to make you respond.
2nd step however is to honour Joseph Blankson & provide for his young family. https://t.co/YNfGqZnOf5
— The Jonathanian (@The_Jonathanian) August 6, 2018
36 year old Joseph Blankson gave his life for those passengers. 13 times he swam to rescue. 13 times he saved a soul. At the 14 attempt, God Almighty gave him eternal rest. May his legacy of selfless service continue to inspire us. https://t.co/xVGWg9BjFn
— Amara Nwankpa (@Nwankpa_A) August 6, 2018
Joseph Blankson reward will be so huge in the afterlife n beyond. So heartbreaking but at the same time gives me hope for the human race. This hero was so selfless and we should remember his name. Joseph Blankson Rest In Peace.
— Lesle.Simona.Stone (@Lesleheart) August 7, 2018
Nigerian Joseph Blankson saved 13 people in Lagos from drowning – when trying to save the 14th he drowned himself. What a hero – he deserves the same kind of attention like the migrant who rescued a child in Paris in Mayhttps://t.co/Mw2fJAB1he https://t.co/JNav7wXte2
— Putsch in Afrika (@christianputsch) August 7, 2018
He left behind a wife and two children.