Bayelsa storm: Fisherman’s dead body floats at sea, son missing


The dead body of a local fisherman was on Wednesday found floating at the Brass jetty of the Atlantic shore of Bayelsa State.

The 43-year-old deceased, simply identified as Mr. Pewo, had gone missing since Sunday evening after a strange storm struck the Atlantic shore.

His son, Erogbanyon Pewo,who also went missing since Sunday, is yet to be found.

The deceased who hailed from Ogbokiri Community, the headquarters of Akassa Development Centre in the state, was said to have gone fishing at the Twon Brass the his son.

The fisherman and the son were suspected to have drowned in the river due to the rising tide and high current of the ocean in the rainy season.

Erogbanyon Pewo is one of six children that the deceased had.

The Youth Leader of Sangana Fishing town in the Akassa clan, Kune Johnbull, told Morning Mail that the storm wreaked havoc in the community, destroying houses and property.

He said: “It destroyed many roofs and caused serious turbulence in the sea. The sea is usually turbulent around this period of June/July. Unfortunately, we have to brace the danger because fishing is our only source of our livelihood. So, it is understandable that the man was caught in the storm.”

He spoke further: “These folks must go fishing. Some persons, despite the rough sea, still paddle their canoes tactically so that they can feed their families. While some try their luck by the river bank.

“The last case we recorded was some years back when two of my friends who went fishing were missing and after some days they were found but we were able to revive them.

“This particular case is so pathetic because we haven’t even seen the young boy. After several attempts by several persons to search for the two missing persons, it was just the man we saw.”

Tears flowed freely at the Twon Brass jetty when the remains of the deceased were brought home for burial.

When contacted on the development, however, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP, Asimin Butswat, said the command had not received any information about the accident.




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