The Federal Government has disclosed that one passenger has died and 16 others sustained varying degrees of injuries when a commercial both capsized on Lagos waterways.
As gathered, the boat conveying the passengers capsized 15 minutes after it embarked on the journey, departing CMS Ferry Terminal for Ikorodu Ferry Terminal.
The boat named ‘TEMI 3 Global’ was said to have experienced a mishap on Monday at about 4:50 pm while sailing close to the edge of the waterway with passengers on board.
It was learnt that the boat capsized, throwing the entire passengers into the lagoon after its base hit a rock near Adekunle Waterfront, Yaba axis of the state.
An eyewitness claimed that one of the passengers died before combined efforts of emergency management agencies including the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Search and Rescue Team, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Marine Police, Fishermen, and other boat operators, who aided the successful rescue of other passengers, arrived the scene.
Confirming the tragedy, the apex government through NIWA and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that all injured passengers have been rescued off the water.
NIWA, in a statement made available to newsmen through its Lagos Area Manager, Sarat Braimah, said: “A 17 passenger boat named “TEMI 3 Global” which departed CMS Ferry Terminal at 1635hrs in route Ikorodu Ferry Terminal on 27th September 2021 was involved in an accident.
“Fifteen minutes into the journey near Adekunle Waterfront, the boat hit an underwater obstacle which broke the hull of the boat and this resulted in the capsize of the boat.
“There were immediate mobilization to the site of incident by National Inland Waterways Authority Search and Rescue Team, LASWA, Marine Police, Fishermen and other boat operators leading to the rescue of sixteen (16) persons alive while one person died while on the way to the hospital. We sincerely condole with the family of the deceased and pray for the soul of the dead to rest in perfect peace.”
On his part, the NEMA Southwest Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the boat hit a rock while sailing closer to the edge of the waterway before it capsized.