Mr. Ernest Peremobowei who is a 31-year-old grassroots footballer from Bayelsa State has passed while reportedly trying to rescue victims of a boat mishap in the raging flood of Bebelebiri Community, in Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, Africa Daily News, New York has learnt.
It was gathered that the corpse of the deceased was, however not recovered until after two days while some of his body parts were allegedly eaten up by animals in the river.
Africa Daily News, New York gathered that Peremobowei who happens to be one of the three joint top scorers in the just-concluded Prosperity Cup, a local tournament organised by the Bayelsa State Government met his untimely death while returning home in a canoe shortly after taking his wife and three children to a higher ground to escape the raging flood.
According to eyewitnesses who spoke to reporters, the canoe which was conveying him and six other persons from the Federal Medical Center waterfront capsized because it could not withstand the current of the raging flood.
The coach of Bebelebiri FC which he played for during the last edition of the competition, Kenneth Dreams while confirming the incident, pointed out that the popular footballer died in the process rescuing other occupants of the canoe.
He said ‘He took his family to an IDP camp because the flood had taken over his house. So, while returning home, he boarded a canoe with six others when the current of the raging flood capsized the boat.
‘We heard that he was able to save four persons who were involved in the boat mishap before drowning at the end. He was a great player during the tournament but we have no other choice but to accept the loss.’
The younger brother to the deceased, Earnest Komboye, who also confirmed the incident.
According to him, ‘Due to the high current of the flood, they lost control of the boat when they smashed into the Government Jetty Barge. He was the only one that knew how to swim well and he rescued the five persons with him. I think he was exhausted and was washed away by the current.’
He also confirmed the last person rescued by his late brother is at the Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa for treatment.