Man dies after rescuing 13 people in boat accident Man dies after rescuing 13 people in boat accident
Joseph Blankson had always been a strong swimmer so when the boat he was in had an accident and capsized, he didn’t think twice... Man dies after rescuing 13 people in boat accident

Joseph Blankson had always been a strong swimmer so when the boat he was in had an accident and capsized, he didn’t think twice about jumping in the water to help rescue those who had fallen overboard.

Singlehandedly, Blankson managed to pull 13 people out of the river. The father of two eventually became exhausted as he went in and out of the river, rescuing one person after the other.
While trying to save the 14th person, Blankson tragically drowned.
A spokesman for the Rivers State police, Nnamdi Omoni confirmed to CNN that the accident was caused by the passenger boat carrying 24 people crashing into an object.
Omoni also confirmed that Blackson, 36, was the only casualty. As he was selflessly saving lives, others in the vicinity – including other boat drivers – stepped in to help rescue the remaining 10 people.
Blankson was known as a selfless and loving man to the people in his life but now, he will always be remembered as a real-life superhero.
His wife, Mercy, paid tribute to her husband: “He was a loving and caring man, a very good father to our kids. He put people first, before himself. He was selfless.”
Mercy said Blankson, who lives in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, had gone to his village and had boarded the boat with his sisters, who were among the survivors of the accident.
“I was at home waiting for him to come back from work because he works on Saturdays. From work, he went to the village, and when I called him at 2 pm, his phone was switched off.”
A week on from his tragic death, Mercy says his children are asking for their father: “My son has been asking me about his dad. If I’m talking to someone on the phone, he says ‘mummy is that my daddy? mummy, can I see my dad?”
“Normally when he [Blankson] travels we do video calls. This past Saturday, a week after he left, my son was really down. He felt everything emotionally. And my daughter has been crying because she knows something is wrong.”
The young widow is now left with a four-year-old son and seven-month-old daughter to raise alone. She says it won’t be easy as she is currently unemployed and her husband was the sole breadwinner for the family.
Mercy says she is holding out hope for the government to assist and for people to give her job opportunities.
Representatives from the Rivers state government have already visited her, she said.
Nigerians have taken to social media to hail Blankson’s heroic efforts and make sure he is not forgotten.
One Facebook user wrote: “Blackson showed the world that there are heroes out there. He said it was better 13 people had their lives back than saving his and knowing he didn’t try to help. That to me means more than life itself.”
“I call on the state government to take this brave hero’s legacy one more step by providing for the family he left behind.” (CNN)

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  • Stacy laone nyame

    2018-08-15 #1 Author

    This is tragedy… May his soul rest in peace! 😭😭


  • Megan

    2018-08-15 #2 Author

    Awesome work! Brave people!


  • Dekayla Hunter

    2018-08-15 #3 Author

    May he Rest In Peace


  • Jamesha

    2018-08-16 #4 Author

    I’m sorry to hear that 😩 prayers to the family ❤️


  • Janiya

    2018-08-16 #5 Author

    Gosh a good man gone 🙏🏽 God prayers over this family!


  • Khania

    2018-08-16 #6 Author

    Beautiful Soul.


  • Kimberly

    2018-08-16 #7 Author

    He died a hero!!!!


  • Shayy Shaw

    2018-08-16 #8 Author

    This really hurt my whole heart he lost his life too save others


  • Markahja

    2018-08-16 #9 Author

    This is so sad wouldnt wish this on anyonr or their child😣


  • Jania

    2018-08-16 #10 Author

    Rip god goy your family man


  • Natalia Bradbury

    2018-08-17 #11 Author

    So sad. Good die to young


  • Shaunice richardson

    2018-08-17 #12 Author

    So sad, Rest In Peace hero


  • Ronnesha

    2018-08-17 #13 Author

    Hero! We need more people like him!


  • Wilhimena Simpson

    2018-08-17 #14 Author

    That so sad and i send my condolences to his family but he was a hero for this..


  • Latajenae

    2018-08-17 #15 Author

    This man goes into the heavens gate as a hero , much respect .


  • Samoine armstrong

    2018-08-17 #16 Author

    So sad I would be devestated prayers goes to his famiky


  • Myesha Adewuyi

    2018-08-17 #17 Author

    What a brave man!!!


  • Anniah

    2018-08-17 #18 Author

    Prayers for family


  • Tiara

    2018-08-17 #19 Author

    This is so sad Prayers goes out to his family .


  • Shanautica

    2018-08-18 #20 Author

    Rip you are a strong man for that


  • Madilyn Hornaday

    2018-08-18 #21 Author

    He was a very brave man.


  • Drea

    2018-08-18 #22 Author

    That’s so sad bless his heart😩


  • Dalisha

    2018-08-18 #23 Author

    Awnn man So heroic 😭😭


  • Chiquita

    2018-08-18 #24 Author

    This is so sad but he died a hero


  • Casema

    2018-08-18 #25 Author

    Rip this so sad


  • Alexia Foster

    2018-08-18 #26 Author

    Omg this is so sweet of him but it’s very sad he had to die , I hate seeing anybody in danger and it hurts me so much especially children and innocent people because no one on this earth deserves to die or anything I love everyone and if I could help everybody in the u.s or around the country I swear I would 😢❤️


  • Kayla Badillo

    2018-08-18 #27 Author

    wow 😮 this is crazy


  • Nicole

    2018-08-19 #28 Author

    Love seeing things like this!


  • Catherine Brent

    2018-08-19 #29 Author

    God bless his soul


  • Hope

    2018-08-19 #30 Author

    Omg 😮 that’s crazy!


  • Dricka

    2018-08-19 #31 Author

    That’s so sad , he was truly a life saver


  • Alberta

    2018-08-19 #32 Author

    Omg this is so sad 😥


  • Euniceshia

    2018-08-19 #33 Author

    This is sad . Praying


  • Stayc

    2018-08-19 #34 Author

    So sad, prayers for the family 💔


  • Shannon

    2018-08-20 #35 Author

    Omggg so terrible!


  • Jasmine

    2018-08-20 #36 Author

    How horrible is this !


  • Chante

    2018-08-20 #37 Author

    Omg this is so sad but he is a hero


  • Shiemesha

    2018-08-20 #38 Author

    Omg bless his heart. Dang 😢
    R.i.P ❤️


  • Latoyreeyah

    2018-08-20 #39 Author

    This is so sad ….


  • Catherine

    2018-08-20 #40 Author

    I what to share my baby photo


  • Shaunee

    2018-08-20 #41 Author

    Wow, this was so heroic of him. My condolence tonhis family but he was a strong black man that loved people and wanted the best from this article. That’s a Hero‼️


  • Tay

    2018-08-20 #42 Author

    Prayers for your family


  • Shamia

    2018-08-21 #43 Author

    Wow he is a hero


  • Amiar smua

    2018-08-24 #44 Author

    Wow. Your so heroic! Rip..
    Youre such a hero. And you also have a good heart.


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