Four recovered, 12 missing as another boat capsizes in Lagos - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Saturday, July 9, 2022

Four recovered, 12 missing as another boat capsizes in Lagos

By Editor

Four bodies have been recovered while 12 passengers were missing after the boat they boarded from  Mile 2 enroute Ibeshe in Ojo area of Lagos State reportedly capsized. 

The incident reportedly occurred on Friday night. 

However, the Area Manager, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Engr Sarat Braimah who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the boat has been recovered but search and rescue for the victims were ongoing at press time. 

According to her, the occupants contravened safety rules by not wearing reflective jackets before boarding.

She said, "At about 7.45 today, the 8th of July 2022, The  National Inland Waterways Authority and Lagos State waterways authority received a distress call of an incident on the waterways. 

"A W19 passenger Fibre boat carrying 16 people capsized along the Ojo area of the state.

"The Boat going from Mile 2 to Ibeshe in Ojo axis broke the waterways rules of late travelling by setting sail at 7.45pm.As he set out, the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge which caused the boat to overturn. 

"It is said that all passengers on board which includes children were not all putting on their life jackets.

"The Search and Rescue team of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), National Inland Waterways (NIWA) and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) were  immediately mobilized to the scene of the incident but unfortunately could only find the boat after several hours  while efforts are still ongoing to locate the victims.

"The Boat is currently in the custody of Marine Police. The Boat Captain is also unaccounted for as at the time of this press release." said the engineer.

As at 11.40am on Saturday, the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Oluwadanilola Emmanuel told Vanguard that four bodied have been recovered while search and rescue operation were ongoing at press time. 

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