Joe Blankson, a 36-year-old contractor, has died after he rescued thirteen people in a boat accident over the weekend in Bakana, Rivers State.
Reports say the father-of-two was trying to rescue the 14th person before he died. Six others also reportedly died in the mishap.
A survivor had blamed the boat accident on the speed of the boat captain. He also attributed the tragedy to the dirt on the waterways.
Nnamdi Omoni, the state Police Public Relations Officer, insisted that one person died in the accident and not six.
He added that Blankson might have died of exhaustion after rescuing more than 12 persons.
''The report we got from the police in that area was that only one person died.
''Also, the man that died had rescued more than 12 persons and could have died out of exhaustion. They were 24 and 23 were rescued. The only person that died has been found and he was buried the day he was found.''