3 Die, Two Missing, 13 Rescued In Lagos Boat Mishap

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File photo: Women arriving a health centre on boat


By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos


The Lagos State Waterways Authority
At least, three persons have reportedly died, while two others are still missing in a boat accident that occurred at Irewe community in Ojo area of Lagos.


However, 13 people were rescued in the accident said to have occurred late on Tuesday.
The General Manager of Lagos State Waterways Authority LASWA, Mr Emmanuel Oluwadamilola confirmed the in a statement made available to journalists.


“At about 6:10 p.m. today, Aug. 13, two passenger speed boats had a head-on collision along the creek in Ojo local Govt Area of Lagos State.
“There were 10 passengers in a boat coming from Ojo jetty and eight passengers in another coming from Irewe community when the incident occurred.


“Eighteen passengers in total were involved with 13 rescued alive with three fatalities and two still missing–an adult and a child.


“Search and rescue operation is ongoing by relevant state agencies and the local community who were the first responders.


“Preliminary investigations by LASWA and LASEMA revealed that the incident was caused, due to reckless driving and over-speeding on the part of boat captains as one of them wasn’t in his right of way.”


The LASWA boss said that further investigations would be carried out by the authority and that those found wanting would be sanctioned accordingly.


He advised waterways users to always adhere to safety rules and regulations to avert untoward incidents.

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