10 Dead, 3 Missing in Lagos boat mishap
10 persons were yesterday certified dead and three others missing in a boat mishap that occurred in Lagos.
We gathered the boat accident that occurred on Wednesday at Kirikiri, Apapa,
less than 24 hours after 18 persons escaped death by the whiskers in two boat accidents in Victoria Island.
Sources said the boat capsized after its engine developed a fault and subsequently
packed up on the high sea shortly after it left Kirikiri jetty for Badagry.
18 person on-board with five rescued by Marine Police operatives
The Lagos Police Command spokesman, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the accident
to newsmen said 10 dead bodies were recovered and three still missing.
According to him, families of the deceased were still claiming their bodies, while a search was on for the three missing persons.
“There were 18 people in the boat.
It left Kirikiri for Badagry but developed faults with the engine.
They rescued five people alive by the Marine Police unit, 10 persons died and three are still missing,’’ he said.
Also confirming the accident, the general manager of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA),
Oluwadamilola Emmanuel restated the boat left Kirikiri carrying 19 passengers.
According to him,
“On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, they reported it that an open boat carrying
19 passengers capsized at about 6.00 pm while en route Badagry from Kirikiri.
“A survivor’s account states that the captain got distracted trying to collect fares from a passenger
and current overturned the boat most passengers haven’t put on their lifejackets properly.
“Rescue effort was immediate as the boat was just a few meters from the landing
in which they left but they could rescue only five people.
“19 persons were involved in the incident, while they rescued five with 10 persons confirmed dead and 4 still unaccounted for including the boat deckhand.
LASWA has apprehended the boat captain and has handed him over to the marine police for further investigation and sanctions.
The Emergency and Regulatory Authorities are still on a search and rescue operation,” he added.
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