Bodies Recovered From Lagos Boat Accident

Emergency responders have recovered the bodies of a 52-year-old male and 20-year-old female, believed to be victims of boat accident in Lagos.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Zonal Coordinator South-West National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the development on Saturday in Lagos.

A W19 passenger Fibre boat carrying 16 people, capsized along the Ojo area of the state, at about 7.45 p.m on Friday.

NEMA said the boat, which took off from Mile 2 to Ibeshe in Ojo axis, capsized while operating at night against the inland waterways rules.

“It was found out that the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge, which caused it to overturn.

“Marine Police, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Lagos State WaterWays Authority (LASWA) and volunteers swung into action in trying to rescue some of the victims, but to no avail.

“It cannot be confirmed if all the passengers including the captain were wearing life jackets, but some people claimed some of them were wearing their life jackets which may not be effective.

“Recovery operations are still ongoing”, Farinloye said in an update on the incident.

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