A vessel, which left Calabar, the Cross River State capital, for Cameroon with over 100 persons on board, capsized late yesterday, but was discovered on Monday afternoon.
Vanguard learned that the vessel left the Terminal C of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) operated by Shoreline Logistics before the incident occurred on the high sea on the way to Cameroon.
Vanguard gathered the boat left Calabar around 4 pm, and the incident happened around 6 pm.
A source at the terminal who pleaded anonymity said the boat left from here and was on the way to Cameroon and had over 100 persons on board.
The source said: "On the way to Cameroon it capsized on the high sea. We cannot confirm anything at this moment for now but that is what happened,"
At the terminal in the morning, people were heard talking about the incident in whispers.
An affected merchant who also pleaded anonymity said he had some cargo he was transporting was lost.
"From what we heard, the boat sank capsized on the high sea and even some passengers may be missing.
"The ship, as usual, was overloaded and that is what has been happening The Federal Government should do more to ensure the safety of the passengers and the safety of the ship and the cargo.
"This is not the first time this is happening. The government should do more about safety," he said.