By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
It was jubilation galore for some drowning passengers of an outboard engine boat in Lagos, as they were rescued by the timely intervention of operatives of the Nigerian Navy.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that the lucky survivors, 12 in number, were traveling in the boat when it capsized due to heavy wave caused by another boat transition the same axis.
According to reports, the incident occurred at about 8.10pm on Sunday along the Tarkwa Bay axis of Lagos- Miie 2 water way.
It was also learnt that the Naval operatives, attached to the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT were at the vicinity on routine patrols when the incident occurred.
The Information Officer, Western Naval Command, Commander Thomas Otuji while confirming the incident in a release, said the ooperatives were immediately deployed to the scene for search and rescue operations.
He disclosed that all the passengers onboard the ill fated boat were rescued alive and conveyed to the Naval Medical Centre, Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island Lagos for immediate medical care.
It reads, “The men of Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT attached to the newly established Forward Operations Base TARKWA BAY and Nigerian Navy Boat Service (SBS) personnel averted what could have been a Black Sunday for passengers of an Outboard Engines Boat along the Tarkwa Bay axis when their boat capsized.
Specifically on the 27 of December 2020, boats conveying 12 passengers capsized due to heavy wave caused by another boat transiting the same area at about 8:10pm leaving their occupants scampering for help.
The Nigerian Navy whose men were at the vicinity on routine patrols immediately deployed to the scene for search and rescue operations.
All passengers onboard the ill fated boat were rescued alive and conveyed to the Naval Medical Centre, Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island Lagos for immediate medical care.
Once again, boat operators and passengers are strongly advised to adhere to safety guidelines and measures before embarking on any trip.
Relevant unions and Associations are further advised to ensure that safety gears are provided by their members for passengers and to enforce the compulsory use of the safety gears by all passengers.
Additionally, boat drivers should be subjected to regular and mandatory training and medical checks. These measure are necessary because the mishap in the first place was caused by an unprofessional boat driver with poor judgement and with no regard to the safety of others while plying the waters.
On our part, the Western Naval Command will continue to render necessary assistance in fulfilment of its mandate on aid to civil authority, especially the security and safety of lives property in its Area of Responsibility.
Accordingly, members of the public are enjoined to remain patriotic and support measures emplaced by the Command to checkmate untoward actions by by criminal elements in the maritime sector. Onward Together”.