Rescuers recover two bodies in Rivers Jetty collapse
At least two bodies were yesterday recovered from the collapsed landing jetty at Isaka community in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.
An eyewitness said a rescue operation was still ongoing as two female bodies were recovered on Monday, adding that more bodies were yet to be recovered.
Recall that no fewer than 20 persons were feared missing following the collapse of a jetty on Saturday evening as passengers were struggling to board a boat from the community back to Port Harcourt.
A big burial programme, it was learnt, attracted many people to the area, which caused a rush for boats.
About 50 people crowded and put pressure on the old rickety facility, which caused its eventual collapse.
The eyewitness, who spoke in confidence said: “We had a big burial that day and after the burial, many people rushed to return to Port Harcourt.
“So the weight was much on the jetty and it caved in. Some people went missing and we are still looking for those people.
“ About 50 people were on the jetty when the unfortunate incident happened. On Monday we recovered a female body and today we have recovered another.
“Other bodies are still in the water and we don’t have what to rescue them with.”
The witness added that the number of casualties has not been ascertained yet because there was a standby boat-evacuating victims and the rescue mission was still on.
“Actually, we can not ascertain how many people lost their lives because as the jetty collapsed there were many people on the ground to rescue people as they put them in the boat and there were more bodies yet to be recovered,” the witness added.