No fewer than five more passengers have been rescued by Lagos State Government agencies from ill-fated LALEK Marine boat that capsized at Owode Ibeshe, a town not too far away from the Ikorodu terminal.
The rescue of the five passengers increased the number of survivors from the drown boat from 11 to 16 while one body was recovered by the search and rescue team led by Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, which increased fatalities to five.
Of the 16 passengers rescued from the boat, one person was said to be in a critical condition even as Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) search party, local boat operators, Marine Police and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) have intensified search and rescue operations.
As gathered on Saturday, the 20-passenger capacity boat left Ebutte Ero Jetty at about 8 pm, two hours after Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) approved operation hour, for Ikorodu but suddenly capsized few minutes to its destination.
The mishap was said to have been noticed by fellow operators who were aware of the boat, LALEK MARINE, departure of Ebute Ero Jetty, and were awaiting its arrival at Ikorodu Terminal.
It was learned that they raised the alarm to alert LASWA and other rescue agencies after waiting for several minutes at the Ikorodu terminal for the captain’s arrival.
Oladeinde, while commensurating with families and relatives of the deceased, assured that the state government would not relent in ensuring the safety of passengers on waterways.
Earlier, General Manager of LASWA, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said that investigation revealed that the boat experienced the mishap at Owode Ibeshe, a town not too far away from the Ikorodu terminal.
He noted that the effort of the agencies has aided the rescue of 11 persons and that of the rescued passengers, one person was in critical condition.