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Just in: 17 escape death after boat mishap in Lagos

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Tragedy was averted on Tuesday evening in Lagos State when a boat with 10 passengers including the captain, capsized minutes after leaving the jetty.

The 10 passengers were said to have been rescued by emergency officials while battling for survival in the water minutes after the boat overturned.

According to eyewitnesses, the boat with 10 passengers including nine females left the Ilashe jetty in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government for Ikoyi and that it turned upside down after hitting an unidentified object on the waterways.

It was learned that a few meters away from the scene, another boat with seven persons on board was about to capsize when emergency officials arrived at the scene and rescued the passengers.

The incident occurred days after over five persons died in Ikorodu axis when their boat experienced hit an object on the water and capsized in the state.

Confirming the incident, General Manager of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, stated that the boats captains and passengers have been handed over to the police for further investigation.

Emmanuel noted that the decision to hand them over to the police was that they violated the night traveling ban on waterways imposed by the government to avert tragedies in Lagos.

 

“It was reported that a boat had capsized at about 7.24 pm while en route Ikoyi from Illashe. The boat appears to have collided with an unidentified object. Also, a second boat with seven passengers was also found to be in distress.
“A total of 10 persons, nine adult males, and a female, were involved in the incident and were rescued from the water alive by the Marine Police, who were the first responders.
“The emergency and regulatory authorities carried out initial investigations and have handed over the boat captain and passengers to the Marine Police for further investigation and sanctions.”

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