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3 Dead, 5 Missing as Boat Capsizes in Lagos
The Lagos State Government has confirmed three persons dead and five missing after a passenger boat capsized on the lagoon on Wednesday.
According to a report by Vanguard, a 20-seater passenger boat including two boat operators, capsized when it collided with another wooden boat on.
Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA has blamed the incidence on boat operators refusal to adhere to cautions against night operations in Lagos.
Eyewitness disclosed that 12 passengers were rescued by the emergency management agencies and Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA officials. Other agencies were Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Lagos State Ambulance Services, LASAMBUS, State Environmental Health Management Unit, SEHMU, Vanguard reports.
Confirming the mishap, General Manager of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, disclosed that the boat en route Ojo from Coconut jetty, a suburb in Lagos, capsized mid-sea.
He hinted that investigation conducted revealed that the boats were a passenger boat, “God Bless” and a wooden water supply service boat.
According to him, unfortunately three persons were confirmed dead and their bodies have been deposited in the morgue, while 12 persons were rescued alive and five persons are missing. He stressed that efforts of the rescue operators aided rescue of 12 passengers, assuring that recovery efforts will continue until those missing have been found, Vanguard.