Lagos boat accident death toll rises to eight

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said eight bodies comprising seven males and a female have been recovered after Saturday’s boat accident at Ikorodu.

This was contained in a statement released Monday afternoon by LASEMA’s Public Affairs Officer Kehinde Adebayo on behalf of Cheif Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyetolu.

A 20-passenger boat from Badore in Ajah capsized around 10pm on Saturday at Egbin, Ijede in Ikorodu drowning all but three passengers who swam to safety.

While the body of 40-year-old Aniyikaye Oluwaseunfunmi and three others were recovered on Sunday, the remaining four were found on Monday.

Paraphrasing his boss, Adebayo said rescue operation was ongoing to recover other victims of the accident, calling on those around the area whose loved ones were missing to report to the Marine Police or the nearest police station.

He said a sudden mechanical problem caused the accident, stressing the need for passengers, boat operators to desist from night travels and always wear their lifejackets to prevent avoidable deaths.

“The LASEMA boss said that search and rescue is still ongoing on the other missing persons yet to be found by officials of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and Marine Police with support from the local divers.

“Community leaders, as well as local fishermen in the area, have been informed to avail the agency of any information through the emergency toll-free lines 112/767 to enhance total recovery.

“He further advised anyone with any case of missing person to report to the Marine Police or any nearest police station around the scene of the incident.

“Dr. Osanyintolu noted that despite the huge investment of the State Government to encourage water transportation and the need for Lagosians to explore same, it is important for all passengers and boat operators to imbibe safety culture, and comply with rules and regulations guiding water transportation and safety in the state,” he said.

He assured that investigation to ascertain the real cause of the accident was being conducted by security operatives.

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