The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, on Monday rescued 10 crew members from a fishing trawler christened OLOKUN XII which capsized within the Lagos channel in the early hours of the day.
Command Information Officer, Western Naval Command, Commander Edward Yeibo, said in a statement that the fishing trawler was being towed by its sister trawler OLOKUN IV within the Lagos channel when the vessel collided with a merchant vessel MSC CORUNA, leading to its capsize.
He said the NNS BEECROFT patrol team, which were on routine patrol led to the prompt rescue of 10 crew members from the trawler.
The rescued crew were thereafter, handed over to the officials of the company, named Barnaly Fishing Company Limited.
While commiserating with the Fishing Company on the sad incident, the Commander Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT, Commodore Malami Haruna used the opportunity to urge seafarers to navigate with caution and due consideration to the international regulation for prevention of collision when transiting within the nation’s maritime domain.
He further stressed the commitment of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, towards ensuring the security of all seafarers within Nigeria’s maritime space.