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Three dead, 17 rescued in Lagos boat mishap

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

No fewer than three persons have been confirmed dead and 17 others rescued when a passenger boat capsized in Ikorodu Local Government axis of Lagos State

It was gathered that the 20 passenger boat ran into an already submerged object and capzised mid-sea within the Oke-Ira nla axis while heading to Bayeku area of Ikorodu.

Eyewitness narrated that the mishap occurred at about 12:15pm on Saturday could have claimed more lives but for their life jackets, 17 passengers were rescued.

Confirming the tragedy, General Manager of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, said all passengers were wearing their life jackets but causality could have been as a result of fear or shock.

According to him, unfortunately three persons were confirmed dead, while 17 persons were rescued alive.

The general manager hinted that an on the spot investigation carried out by the agency revealed that the incident was caused by a submerged object beneath the waterways.

“LASWA sympatise with the families of the deceased and the Agency is committed to achieving a zero incident rate on the waterways through enforced regulations and thorough risk management culture” Emmanuel said

He however noted that the spot of the submerged wreck has been marked to avoid future occurrence while the State Government in conjunction with the Marine Police will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

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