Barely 48 hours after two female adults lost their lives in a boat mishap that occurred at Ikorodu, six bodies have been recovered after a passenger boat capsized on Friday 8th July 2022.
The W19 passenger Fibre boat carrying 16 people took off from Mile 2 en route to Ibeshe in Ojo area of Lagos State when it reportedly capsized.
It was gathered that the boat capsized at about 7.45 pm while operating at night against the rules of the inland waterways.
According to reports, the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge which caused the boat to overturn.
Nigeriacrime.com learned that officials of Marine Police, National Inland Waterways Authority and volunteers swung into action in trying to rescue some of the victims to no avail.
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 7.45 pm. 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 including children were not all putting on their life jackets.
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“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. Recovery operations are still ongoing