11 Die in Adamawa Boat Capsize: Fresh Details Emerge
On September 11, 2023, in the late afternoon, an accident occurred at Kwatan Mallam Adamu in the community of Gurin, within the Fufore Local Government Area.
When the boat overturned from high winds and thunderstorms, it was carrying roughly 40 people, including women and children.
Eleven bodies have been found by local divers, and efforts are still being made to locate the other missing people.
The incident was confirmed by Dr. Suleiman Aminu, Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA).
Dahiru Gurin, a local, claimed that farmers were on board the boat, attempting to get home before it started to rain.
“About 40 passengers including women and children crammed into the boat to get home before today’s heavy downpour,” Gurin said.
“Unfortunately midway, strong wind and thunderstorm set in, causing the boat capsize. About now about 13 persons have not been accounted for.”
“A mother who held up her infant on the surface of the water drowned, but the baby was saved by a diver. I think those who were rescued are not more than 20,” Gurin told Sahara Reporters.
In less than two weeks, Adamawa State has experienced a second boat disaster. On September 9, a similar disaster claimed the lives of 15 persons.