Eight Journalists from both print and electronic media in Cross River state escaped death as the boat they were riding in on Agwagune River in Biase Local government area to cover the extent of the flood disaster in Biase and Boki capsized.
UNICEF had selected a team of Journalists led by its Desk Officer at the Cross River State Radio Corporation, (CRBC), Mr. Tony Unoh, to assess the extent of damage by the flood in that area as well as the number of people displaced.
The team had successfully visited the scene of the flood and was on their way back to the other side of the village which the Federal Government had mapped out for their relocation when the accident happened.
The villager whose boat was hired for the trip had a little difficulty when he tried to sway the boat and “before we knew it, water had filled the entire boat and within seconds, it sank and left the passengers in the swampy area of the flooded river for over 30 minutes before help came.”
It took Mr. Ukam Ogbor, a former Youth Leader in Agwagune several minutes to retrieve the boat and floated it before rescuing the journalists.
The journalists lost several items such as cellular phones, tape recorders, cam coder camera, cash, biro pens and reporter’s notebook.
Speaking to newsmen after the rescue operation, the team leader, Mr. Tony Unoh, said “God has to intervene because what the journalists came to do was a humanitarian job. He wondered why God Almighty could have watched His people perish in such circumstance.