Four persons feared dead after jumping into well to retrieve bucket in Cross Rivers

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May 4th, 2014
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At least four persons reportedly died while trying to retrieve a bucket that fell into a well in Ikom area of Cross River State recently.

The flick-like incident, which occurred along Ogoja Road, Ikom in the Central Senatorial District of Cross River State, still remains a mystery to many residents of the area till this moment.

Vanguard reports that it all stated when one John Ushie, was preparing to go to work that fateful morning and wanted to fetch water from the well take his bath.

It was gathered that the string with which the bucket he was drawing the water fell inside the well.

Ushie decided to retrieve it by jumping into the well but that was the end of his journey on earth.

Painfully, his brother, Boniface, who also heard about the incident returned home from work and jumped into the well to rescue his brother. He also died.

Another neighbor also jumped in to try to help the situation. All to no avail. He also died.

According to a resident who gave her name as Janet, when the landlord of the compound, Eyung Ebam, saw what had happened, he jumped into the well to rescue the drowned men and he too drowned.

“It was at this point that nobody was willing to get into the well and the National Drug Law Enforcement, NDLEA, officials who were mounting a road block close to the house called the Fire Service and they arrived soon.”

“He tied the rope around his chest region and gradually his colleagues dragged him out but when he got close to the point they wanted to grab him and pull him out, the rope slipped and he went down again hitting the others inside which may have eventually killed everyone inside,” the neighbour said.

The four bodies were pulled out by the Fire Service men and taken to County Hospital, Ikom Four Corners and the victims confirmed dead by Dr. Ukwam, the medical doctor, there.

Confirming the news, an official of the Cross River State Fire Service, Ikom, Linus Ework, said he was informed about the incident at about 7 am and he and his men rushed to the scene to rescue the victims but “it was unfortunate that it was a little too late as three of them were pulled out dead”

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