The president of the Republic wants to know the cause and the official toll of the accident of a logistics boat of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) which sank to the bottom of the waters after capsizing off Debunsha, a locality of the South-West Region.
The President of the Republic, Chief of the Armed Forces, immediately set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shipwreck of “Mudemba“, the name of a BIR logistics ship.
In this regard, a crisis unit has been working since yesterday at the Ministry of Defense in Yaoundé and Limbe, a seaside town in the South-West Region which is home to the base of the BIR.
A communique by Joseph Beti Assomo, the minister delegated to the presidency in charge of defense, made it clear that the vessel of the Cameroonian army capsized, departed yesterday Sunday 16 July 2017 from Douala, Littoral region with 37 staff on board for a refueling mission in Bakassi, South West Region.
The boat, which never reached its destination, capsized off Debunsha, a community in the Southwest Region. Maritime patrols for search and rescue operations rescued three soldiers and realized that after capsizing, the boat sank to the bottom of the waters.
The outcome of this sinking is expected, as are the conclusions of the commission of inquiry chaired by the Secretary of State for Defense in charge of the Gendarmerie.