Lagos Waterways Authority Explains Why Boat Capsized, Killing 10

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By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

An open boat capsized in Lagos on Wednesday because its captain was collecting fare on transit.

The boat was carrying 19 passengers out of which 10 people drowned, five were rescued while four are yet to be accounted for, according to the General Manager of Lagos Waterways Authority (LASWA), Oluwadamilola Emmanuel.

“On Wednesday July 29th, 2020   it was reported that an open  boat carrying 19 passengers capsized at about 6.00 p.m. while  enroute Badagry from Kirikiri. 

“A survivor’s  account states  that the  boat captain got distracted trying to collect fares from a passenger and the boat was overturned by the current and most passengers were yet to put on their lifejackets properly,” Emmanuel narrated. 

He stated that rescue effort began immediately as the boat was just a few meters from the landing in which it left from.

“A total of 19 persons were involved in the incident, five were rescued with 10 persons confimed dead and four still unaccounted for including the boat deckhand,” the LASWA chief elaborated .

He disclosed that LASWA operatives have apprehended  the captain of the boatand handed him over to marine police for further investigation and sanctions. 

“The Emergency and Regulatory Authorities are still on a search and rescue operation,” the LASWA general manager wrote in a news statement made available yesterday.

He promised to provide an update on the development.

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