The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT has rescued 10 crew members from a fishing trawler which capsized within the Lagos channel in the early hours of Monday.
Edward Yeibo, spokesperson of the Western Naval Command, said in a statement in Lagos that the capsized trawler OLOKUN XII was being towed by another trawler OLOKUN IV within the Lagos channel.
“Unfortunately, the vessel collided with a merchant vessel MSC CORUNA, leading to the capsize of the fishing trawler OLOKUN XII.
“Fortunately, NNS BEECROFT patrol team were on routine patrol which led to the prompt rescue of 10 crew members from the trawler.
“Thereafter, the rescued crew were handed over to the officials of the company, named Barnaly Fishing Company Limited,” he added.
Mr Yeibo said that the Commander of NNS BEECROFT, Malami Haruna, urged seafarers to navigate with caution and due consideration to international regulations.
Commodore Haruna said this would help to prevent collision while transiting within the nation’s maritime domain.
He stressed the commitment of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Awwal Zubairu-Gambo, to ensure the security of all seafarers within Nigeria’s maritime space.