At least 17 people have been rescued after a boat capsized while heading to Bayeku, Ikorodu, from Oke Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos. It was gathered that the incident occurred around 1:05pm, today after the boat ran into a submerged object, leading to the death of 3 women.
No fewer than five persons were feared dead after a boat capsized in Lagos, yesterday evening.An eyewitness said the boat was coming from CMS and heading to Ikorodu, when the incident occurred. Bodies of the victims were brought to the jetty at Ipakodo, from where they were taken to the General Hospital in Ikorodu by the Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS. However, the General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Tiamiyu Adeshina, who confirmed the incident said he could not immediately confirm the number of casualties.
Also, a source in Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, disclosed that no fewer than 13 passengers have been rescued, while search for two more passengers has been intensified by rescue agencies. The source said: “I can tell you that it is a 20-passenger boat. And after the mishap, five bodies were recovered and 13 rescued, so far. ”The incident occurred at 5:20p.m., minutes after the boat left the NIWA Jetty at CMS.”
Confirming the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu, said the agency received the distress call late in the evening. “The agency received the distress call and on arrival at the incident scene, it was observed that a 20 capacity passenger boat belonging to Blue Sea capsized mid-sea enroute Ikorodu from Lagos Island. Investigation carried out by the LRT revealed that the immediate cause of the boat mishap was unknown at time of report.
“Unfortunately five persons (four adult females and one adult male) were confirmed dead as a result of the incident and their bodies were deposited at the morgue at Ikorodu General Hospital. Meanwhile, five persons – four females and one male were rescued alive.“The exercise was carried out by the combined efforts of LASEMA, Lagos State Waterways Agency (LASWA), and the Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS). Figures of other rescued victims cannot be ascertained as they were brought to the jetty with various passing boat. Recovery efforts still on-going at time of this report,” Tiamiyu explained.
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