Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh has lauded the efforts of the agency’s Deep Blue team for successfully completing the search and rescue mission
The NIMASA boss on his verified Twitter handle, promised that the agency would continue to monitor the health of the seven rescued workers until they fully recover.
He however mourned the loss of the worker who died.
“Kudos to the Deep Blue Team for successfully completing the search and rescue mission. NIMASA will continue monitoring the seven rescued workers’ health until they fully recover while we mourn the loss of the worker who died.’
Earlier, in a statement issued by the Assistant Director, Public Relations of the agency, Osagie Edward, the apex Maritime regulatory agency stated that its Deep Blue team rescued 7 distressed workers onboard vessel in Lagos.
Osagie, in the statement informed that a distressed call came to the agency around 11:30 pm on February 3, 2023 from the safety officer on the vessel, MT Alima that while cleaning the tanks of the vessel, by a private cleaning company, 8nof the cleaners developed complications due to insufficient oxygen available in the tank to sustain them.
He added that the position (Coordinates) of the ship at the time of the call was 06*20.9″N003*21.9” E at the single buoy mooring area in Lagos.
“Dr. Jamoh, who immediately directed the NIMASA Head of the Deep Blue project and Head of the Maritime Safety Department to deploy one of the fast intervention boats for rescue operations ND also directed immediate medical attention to the survivors.
“NIMASA took the seven survivors to the military hospital at Ikoyi for medical attention, where they are presently recovering at various degrees. Five of them are now stable, one has a broken leg and one is still in critical condition.
“While reassuring the maritime community of NIMASA’s ever-ready 24-hour vigilance to respond to distress calls using any of the procured air, land and sea assets, Dr. Jamoh urged operators to be meticulous about basic safety standards at all times.
“He advised further that anyone working on board vessels should update themselves with required training that complies with Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) in line with the revised Manila Convention. Jamoh thanked the rescue team for the operation and urged them to keep the maritime tradition of round-the-clock watchkeeping and timely response at all times.”