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Rivers Government react to death of man who died while rescuing 13 people in boat mishap



The Government of Rivers State has issued a statement, condoling with the family of late Joseph Blankson who drowned while trying to save the lives of 13 people during a boat mishap in Bakana, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Blankson had rescued 13 people after the boat capsized but unfortunately lost his life during the rescue operation.

Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Barr Emma Okah, who signed the statement, said he regrets the incident, noting that Blankson did not live to celebrate the humanity in him and the enormous sacrifices he made to save several lives of persons who were not even related to him.

In a nation in search of heroes, Mr Blankson’s exemplary feat is a huge lesson for the living especially because the worth of any life is measured by deeds and not by how long” Okah said, noting that the state is very proud of the love he showed to mankind and the calamity he saved by giving up his precious life.
At a time of grief like this, it is important to emphasise that those who control means of human transportation should be more careful and vigilant and obey established safety standards because any life lost cannot be retrieved.
We pray God to accept his soul in peace and grant strength and eternal grace to those he left behind to mourn him with fortitude.
Emma Okah
Hon Commissioner for Information and Communications, the statement read.

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