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Navy ship Okpabana rescues an oil tanker in distress on the high seas

A Nigerian Navy (NNS) Vessel Okpabana rescued a surfer passenger boat, NUE Swift.

Navy spokesman Commodore Ayo-Vaughan said the rescue mission was carried out off Bonny Fairway Buoy around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

“The 16-meter Surfer passenger vessel MV NUE SWIFT, which is owned by a Lagos-based oil services company, had a crew of five Nigerians on board. The boat lost its means of propulsion at the Agbara platform while transiting from Forcados to the Bonny single-buoy anchorage and drifted for approximately 32 hours without any help or assistance.

“NNS OKPABANA, in rapid response to the boat’s distress message, located the MV NUE SWIFT and towed the boat to Bonny’s anchorage. As a result, the crew members were medically assessed and counseled by Nigerian Navy medical personnel aboard NNS OKPABANA.

“Subsequently, the crew and boat were handed over to the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base Bonny on July 6, 2022 at around 10 a.m. for onward handover to company officials.

“The Nigerian Navy, under the leadership of Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, remains committed to its constitutional duty to promote, coordinate and enforce security regulations in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Nigeria, among other roles Constitutional,” Ayo- dit Vaughan.

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