Eyewitnesses say five persons were feared dead on Saturday in the Akenfa suburb of Yenegoa, Bayelsa State when canoes transporting passengers capsized.
Witnesses told the News Agency of Nigeria in Yenegoa that the tragedy occurred when the two canoes, transporting persons from Akenfa III to Akenfa I, capsized on the Epie Creek at about 8 a.m.
The accident is one of the disasters recorded due to the ravaging flood in the state in the past three weeks, NAN reports.
The two canoes collided close to where they were supposed to have berthed at Akenfa I due to panic by the passengers, witnesses say.
NAN learnt that the five persons, who had yet to be rescued from the creek, included a woman with a baby strapped on her back.
A NAN correspondent who was at the scene said a large crowd was seen at the banks of the Epie Creek at Akenfa III, the take-off point, and Akenfa I, the destination.
Officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission said they had received a distress call, but the commission’s handicap on the issue meant they had to notify the Nigerian Navy.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Fidelis Odunna, who confirmed the incident, however said that three persons and the driver of one of the canoes, were missing.