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  • Search and rescue mission being carried out off the Cameroonian coast.

    Search and rescue mission being carried out off the Cameroonian coast. | Photo: AFP

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At least 37 people were reportedly on board the ship.

On Monday, Cameroon's defense minister, Joseph Beti Assomo, said at least 34 people are missing after a military vessel sank.

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Assomo explained that the military had been deployed to search and rescue mission.

The minister stated that at least 37 people were on board the ship, which was on a routine mission to the Bakassi peninsula.

''A helicopter was able to spot traces of fuel and thus directed maritime patrols to the likely spot of the capsizing. Three soldiers were rescued but the boat seems to have sunk to the bottom of the waters... Thirty-four personnel have so far been reported missing," reported a ministry statement.

The ship reportedly left the coastal city of Limbe to deliver building and food supply to Rapid Intervention Battalion troops in Bakassi.

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