SaôTomē Fishermen Lost In Atlantic Ocean Rescued In Bayelsa

A trawler in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, rescued two fishermen identified as Osorio Pires and Antonio Sabino from SaôTomē.

The rescue happened five days after the two Portuguese-speaking fishermen got lost in the Atlantic Ocean.

The trawler fishing around the Gulf of Guinea, handed over to some fishermen from Okpoama-Brass who ferried them ashore.

The fishermen took the Sao Tomeans to the Okpoama Divisional Police Headquarters.

The Sao Tomeans were received by the officer in charge, Ebimiesigha Bebetu, a Chief Superintendent of Police.

It was said that the fishermen looked malnourished but they were fed and clothed before handover to the police.

According to the chairman of the Okpoama Kingdom Security Committee, Munalayefa William-Sinte, the fishermen were visibly afraid but were assured of their safety with sign language before the police took custody of them.

William-Sinte also said that a fisherman whom is from Ondo State but a resides in Okpoama had been missing for over a week, and his colleagues have been searching the ocean for him for days now.

The Bayelsa State Police Command has confirmed the rescue of the two Sao Tome and Principe fishermen some 50 nautical miles off the Atlantic Ocean on July 2, 2023.

A statement by the spokesman for the command, Asinim Butswat, on Monday, said the Divisional Police Officer, Okpoama Division, took custody of them.

It said, “The two fishermen, Antonio Sabino ‘m’ 52 years and Osorio Pires ‘m’ 41 years from Neves in SaôTomē and Principe got lost in the Atlantic Ocean for five days before being rescued by a Captain of a fishing trawler.

“The Police authorities have established contact with a coastguard officer from Saô Tomē and Principe and are making a concerted effort to reunite them with their family.”

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