Three workers of a multinational oil firm (names withheld) have drowned in Bomadi/Kpakiama areas of the River Forcados, Bomadi Local Government Area, Delta State, following a head-on collision by two of the company’s speedboats.
According to the chairman of the National Maritime Union, Bomadi chapter, Mr. Jonathan Ogbodobiri, the two speedboats belong to the oil company and were coming from opposite direction when they collided at about10.pm on Friday.
He disclosed that one of the speedboats had gone to drop some personnel of the company at Bomadi while the other was carrying security escorts from the opposite direction without the marine light-out.
He listed the deceased to include the two escorts and one of the speedboats driver. Their corpses were yet to be recovered as at the time of this report.
An employee of the Oil firm who spoke on the condition of anonymity called on relevant agencies to call the company to order and give to dignity to the lives of the locals working for them.
He, however, regretted that the company was interested in an un-interrupted crude oil conveyance with less concern for the safety of its Nigeria workers.
Speaking further, the maritime boss said the three bodies have not been recovered and local divers were still searching the waterways for their lifeless bodies, just as he blamed the multinational oil firm for not adhering to maritime safety rules which he stressed its consequence led to the death