A man identified as Joe Blankson has died after rescuing thirteen people from a boat accident in Rivers State on Saturday
Joe has been hailed as a hero by the locals in the area in an accident where six other persons were reported dead.
It was gathered that it was while the father of two was trying to rescue the 14th person that he died in the river and his body was retrieved a day after. A survivor had blamed the boat accident on the speed of the boat captain.
The survivor also attributed the tragedy to the dirt on the waterways. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, insisted that one person died in the accident and not six accodring to the reports that were being spread in the media.
He added that Blankson might have died of exhaustion after rescuing more than 12 persons and he has since been buried after his corpse was recovered.
“The report we got from the police in that area was that only one person died. Also, the man that died had rescued more than 12 persons and could have died out of exhaustion.
They were 24 and 23 were rescued. The only person that died has been found and he was buried the day he was found.”