Remarkable : How NIMASA deep blue team rescued 7 distressed workers on board vessel in Lagos

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How NIMASA deep blue team rescued 7 distressed workers on board vessel in Lagos

A total of seven distressed workers have been rescued by the prompt response of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), following a distress call to the Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR.

The call, which came in at about 11.30 pm on February 2, 2023, from the Safety Officer on MT ALIMA, reported that while cleaning the tanks of the vessel by a private cleaning company, eight of the cleaners developed complications due to insufficient oxygen available in the tank to sustain them. The position (coordinates) of the ship at the time of the call was 06*20.9’’N,003*21.9’’E at the single buoy mooring area in Lagos.

Dr. Jamoh, immediately directed the NIMASA Head of Deep Blue project and Head of Maritime Safety Department to deploy one of the fast intervention boats for rescue operations. He also directed immediate medical attention to the survivors.

That was not all.  Our news inquest revealed that NIMASA took the seven survivors to Military hospital at Ikoyi for urgent 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 people working on board vessels to 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.

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