A National Hero who has yet to receive any Honor after he rescued 13 people from drowning and lost his life in the process . CNN recognised his bravery and effort while in Nigeria he's nothing. Looters are glorified and given medals . Rest On Mr Joseph Blankson We love you. pic.twitter.com/af3qnDkZO5
— Diaspora Watch Dog (@Diasporawatchdo) August 6, 2018
PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA — A father and hero lost his life while saving others, making a selfless sacrifice for various families. Rather than allowing them to drown, he traded his life in efforts to keep theirs going.
CNN reports that 36-year-old Joseph Blankson found himself in a compromising situation while sailing down river. The source states he had always been a strong swimmer. So, consciously, he took action after the boat encountered an accident and capsized.
According to the source, he didn’t have second thoughts about jumping in the water to rescue those who had gone overboard.
Actually, CNN reports that he managed to pull 13 people out of the river by himself. Tragically though, the father of two became exhausted as he went in and out of the river, constantly rescuing one person at a time.
Reportedly, as he attempted to save the 14th person, the father drowned.
Nnamdi Omoni, spokesman for the Rivers State police, confirmed the accident was caused when the passenger boat crashed into an object. The boat was reportedly carrying 24 people inside.
Due to Blankson’s deed, he was the only casualty in the incident. After selflessly saving the lives of total strangers, others in the vicinity stepped in to help rescue the remaining 10 people.
Blankson is a real-life superhero. According to his wife, Mercy, “He was a loving and caring man” and amazing father.
“He put people first, before himself. He was selfless…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 p.m., his phone was switched off.”
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) August 7, 2018
According to Mercy, Blankson had gone to the village to pick up his sisters. They were among the boat survivors, thanks to their brother.
Now, a week later, Blankson’s wife says his children are asking about him.
“My son has been asking me about his dad,” Mercy tells the source. “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.”
BUT WHAT NOW?
Blankson leaves behind his wife, a four-year-old son, and seven-month-old daughter. Unfortunately, Mercy will have to raise them alone, according to the source. Reportedly, she says it won’t be easy since she’s currently unemployed and her husband was the sole provider for the family.
Mercy mentions she’s looking for the government to assist and for people to offer her job opportunities.
The source says that representatives from the Rivers state government have already visited her.
According to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, they’ve opened an endowment fund for Blankson’s kids.
Likewise, fellow Nigerians have taken to social media to praise Blankson’s efforts and make sure he is not forgotten.
According to CNN, one Facebook user wrote as follows.
“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.”
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