March 27, 2023

An unfortunate boat accident around the Ikorodu area of Lagos State as a result, led to the death of two passengers. This was barely three days as another boat accident occurred on Friday night around the Mile 2 area.

Mrs. Sarat Braimah, Lagos Area Manager, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), confirmed this incident in a statement on Saturday as she said that 16 passengers on board the ill-fated were yet to be accounted for.

“At about 7.45 p.m., on July 8, 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 traveling by setting sail at 7.45 p.m.” She said.

Braimah added that the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge which caused it to overturn.

“It is said that all passengers on board including 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) were immediately mobilized to the scene of the incident but unfortunately could only find the boat after several hours.“Efforts are still ongoing to locate the victims.”

Braimah noted that the boat was currently in the custody of Marine Police.

Marvelous Ogidi

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