Attempts by some youths in the community to save the soldiers failed, as they could not be found.
Daily Post reports that the incident, which occurred around 10 am on Monday, September 5, 2016, was as a result of a boat accident around the Brass area of Bayelsa.
Operation Crocodile Smile was launched by the Nigerian Army following attacks on crude oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.
Attempts by some youths in the community to save the soldiers failed, as they could not be found, reports say.
A community leader known as Etta, said “In recent times,we have been noticing increased movement of soldiers in our area.
“The boat that capsizes was conveying a new batch of soldiers to the water front. I was going to dispose of refuse at the waterfront and I saw uniformed soldiers struggling to rescue their colleagues in a capsize boat.
“When the confusion subsided, Four Soldiers were found to be missing with their rifles and other military gear.
“Some others that were rescued had their rifle missing and struggling out of the water. “
The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike has also pledged to support Operation Crocodile Smile.