Tragedy as 31-year-old footballer drowns after rescuing 5 victims of boat mishap in Bayelsa

A 31-year-old footballer, Earnest Peremobowei, has drowned during a boat accident at Yenebelebiri community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, after saving five other occupants of the boat.

According to reports, the corpse of the footballer was recovered two days after the incident and deposited in a morgue at the Federal Medical Centre.

 The incident was said tp have happened on Wednesday evening, October 19, 2022, when the boat they were using to get access to their community lost control due to the high current of flood water.

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According to eyewitness accounts, the canoe which was conveying him and six other persons from the Federal Medical Center waterfront capsized because it could not withstand the current of the raging flood.

Confirming the incident, the coach of Bebelebiri FC which he played for during the last edition of the competition, Kenneth Dreams, said that the popular footballer died in the process rescuing other occupants of the canoe.

He said “He took his family to an IDP camp because the flood had taken over his house. So, while returning home, he boarded a canoe with six others when the current of the raging flood capsized the boat.

“We heard that he was able to save four persons who were involved in the boat mishap before drowning at the end. He was a great player during the tournament but we have no other choice but to accept the loss.”

The younger brother to the deceased, Earnest Komboye, who also confirmed the incident.

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He said, “Due to the high current of the flood, they lost control of the boat when they smashed into the Government Jetty Barge. He was the only one that knew how to swim well and he rescued the five persons with him. I think he was exhausted and was washed away by the current.”

He also confirmed the last person rescued by his late brother is at the Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa for treatment.

Komboye, said the loss of his brother to flood is painful and a huge loss to his wife and two children, aged between 10 months (girl) and 3 years (boy), “the family is appealing to the State Government to assist the deceased’s children and the family at this trying moments.”

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