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16 misses as Boat capsized in Lagos

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By OMENIHU Alfred fibmn

Another waterways accident has been reported as a boat capsizes in Lagos leaving lots of people missing. This happened yesterday  in Lagos as a passenger boat which left Mile 2 and heading to the Ojo area overturned around Ibeshe area of Lagos.

A statement signed and released by the Lagos Area Manager of the National Inland Waterways Agency (NIWA), Engineer Sarat Braimah indicated that “At about 7.45 today, the 8th of July 2022, The National Inland Waterways Authority and Lagos State Waterways Authority received a distress call of an incident on the waterways”.

“A W19 passenger Fibre boat carrying 16 people people capsized along the Ojo area of the state”.

“The Boat going from Mile 2 to Ibeshe in Ojo axis broke the waterways rules of late travelling by setting sail at 7.45pm. As he set out, the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge which caused the boat to overturn. It is said that all passengers on board which includes children were NOT all putting on their life jackets”.

She added.that “The Search and Rescue team of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), National Inland Waterways (NIWA) and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) were immediately mobilised to the scene of the incident but unfortunately could only find the boat after several hours while efforts are still ongoing to locate the victims”.

The statement concluded that “The Boat is currently in the custody of Marine Police. The Boat Captain is also unaccounted for as at the time of this press release