A Marine Engineering student of the Nigeria Maritime University(NMU), Okerenkoko, in Warri, Delta State, identified as Popo Precious and a-yet-be-identified caterer of the school, have drowned in a boat mishap on the Warri River.

The incident is said to have occurred on Friday morning, October 1, when the deceased and other passengers were travelling from Okerenkoko, where the school is located to Warri.

Nigeria maritime university student drowns in a boat mishap

According to reports, the student had boarded the private boat instead of the school boat which they already paid for as part of their fees and unfortunately lost his life when the boat capsized. Other students who boarded the boat were rescued by the driver.

Though the cause of the accident is still unknown, it was however gathered that some of the passengers who do not know how to swim, including locals, were not wearing lifejackets during the trip.

The student has since been buried by his family on Friday evening while the corpse of the caterer was deposited at the Warri Central Hospital. The boat driver has also been arrested by operatives of Marine Police.