PAUL BIYA DECLARES 28, 29 JULY AS NATIONAL MOURNING DAYS FOR FAITHFULLY DEPARTED IN THE BAKASSI WRECKED BOAT

27/07/2017 Two days of national mourning have been instituted by a presidential decree signed this Thursday, 27th July 2017. 



The President of the Republic, Paul Biya has decreed national mourning on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2017 in memory of victims who perished in a wreckage of a Cameroonian military vessel code named “LE MUNDEMBE” which occurred on Sunday, 16th July 2017 in the high sea in the Bakassi Peninsula. According to the decree, Cameroon’s national flag will fly at half mast throughout the national territory and at Cameroon’s diplomatic and consular missions abroad. 



The days of national mourning comes less than two weeks after a Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) military logistic vessel transporting supplies and logistics to the Bakassi Peninsular wrecked following sudden tribulations in the sea. Three military personnel who were standing guard on the vessels were rescued while the 34 others went missing with the vessel. Shortly after the control centre lost contact with the ship, search and rescue helicopters were deployed to the last spot of contact. 




Air patrols lead to the identification of traces of oil at the most probable spot where the ship would have wrecked and maritime search and rescue teams where immediately dispatched to the area. After the ship was identified, deep-sea divers and specialised underwater wielders swag into action to retrieve the other victims trapped in the ship. 



In the meantime, a crisis meeting was held by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence on the instructions of the Head of State. The secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie was charged to supervise investigations on the circumstances surrounding the wreckage.

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