The Commander Naval Base BEECCROFT, Commodore Malami Haruna, on Monday handed over two Ghanaian fishermen who were rescued from drowning, to the Ghana Consulate in Lagos.
A statement by the Command Information Officer, Western Naval Command, Edward Yeibo , said that the lucky men; Francis Cudjoe and John Qualcoo were rescued after the Nigerian Navy Ship Prosperity found them while on patrol.
The statement reads in part that: “It may be recalled that on 2 August 2022, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) PROSPERITY, while patrolling 10 nautical miles North East of Dangote Quays Ibeju Lekki Lagos, rescued two Ghanaian fishermen floating in the water.
“Further investigation revealed that the men were four in number, but sadly, two of them had drowned before the arrival of NNS PROSPERITY to the scene.”
The navy said that the rescued fishermen were thereafter taken to the Naval Base Apapa where they received medical care.
While commiserating with the Ghanaian community on the loss of the other two fishermen, Commodore Haruna used the opportunity to reiterate the need for seafarers to always emplace safety measures including the use of life jackets within the maritime domain.
He added that the Nigerian Navy remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of all seafarers within Nigeria’s maritime domain.