The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has confirmed the recovery of 20 bodies from the boat mishap at Mgbu-Oduahi Community in Rivers on Tuesday.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Head of Press and Public Relations of NEMA, Mr Yusha’u Shuaib, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The statement said the passengers had boarded the boat from Alhaji Waterside to Mgbu-Oduahi, Rumuolumeni, in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
According to the statement, the accident which happened at about 9 p.m on Tuesday, was attributed to overloading as many passengers were standing.
It said that only two bodies were recovered as at Tuesday night and the remaining 18 were recovered on Wednesday.
Rescuers were still searching for more bodies as the actual number of people on the ill-fated boat could not be ascertained, it further stated