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Rescue team still searching for dead soldiers after sea accident

5 August 2017 No Comment

The military ship that sank with 34 soldiers

By Betangacho Lekelefac
The Head of State Paul Biya last week declared two days of national mourning after a military ship carrying military personnel and some Cameroonian civilians capsized and killed several people at Debundscha, West Coast in Fako Division. Flags in Cameroon, Diplomatic Missions at home and abroad were given directive to observe the days by flying their flags at half mask. Prayers and a minute of silence were observed at official ceremonies in various quarters in Cameroon and abroad. The national mourning was decreed for July 28 and 29, 2017.
These days of national mourning which were observed in Cameroon, was in honour of the soldiers who died when their ship sank near the Bakassi Peninsula. The tragedy reared its ugly face on July 16 when a ship transporting elements of the Rapid Intervention Squad (BIR) and civilians sank with 37 men on board.
Speaking to the Press on Monday July 17, less than 24 hours after the incident, Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo disclosed that there were 37 people on board the vessel which was on a routine mission to the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea, when it went underwater. Three soldiers were rescued according to the Defense Minister. Among those missing is Lieutenant Colonel Moussa who was recently appointed Commander of the 2nd Order BIR Delta.
Two weeks after the incident, it is incumbent to bury sad memories. The Minister of Defense in the name of the President of the Republic on Friday July 28, at Airbase 201 in Douala, paid tribute to the victims of the military ship that capsized. The families of the soldiers who died could not hold their back them with uncontrollable wailing and commotion. It was hard for some family members who took part in the event especially as families left without the mortal remains of their loved ones.
Expert divers are still searching to recover the corpses of some of the soldiers and civilians who were unfortunate victims of the ship accident.
Corpses already retrived have been handed over to family members.

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