10 die, 4 miss­ing in La­gos Boat mishap

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

The La­gos State Water­way Author­ity (LASWA) yes­ter­day con­firmed 10 peo­ple dead in a boat mishap that hap­pened on Wed­nes­day.

Also, four peo­ple were de­clared miss­ing while five oth­ers were res­cued in the boat mishap which hap­pened around Kirikiri, Apapa.

Daily Trust Satur­day re­ports that 19 peo­ple were on board the boat when it cap­sized on its way to Bada­gry from Kirikiri.

It was the sec­ond ma­jor in­ci­dent

on the water­way in the space of one month.

Daily Trust Satur­day re­ports that on 3rd July, 2020, an­other boat which took off from Ebute-Ero en­route Iko­rodu with 21 pas­sen­gers cap­sized around 8 p.m with seven peo­ple dead while oth­ers were res­cued.

Also prior to Wed­nes­day’s in­ci­dent, there was an­other boat mishap on Tues­day July 28 which oc­curred at about 7:24pm en­route Ikoyi from Ilashe.

A to­tal of 10 per­sons com­pris­ing nine adult males and a fe­male were in­volved in the in­ci­dent and were all res­cued from the wa­ter alive.

Gen­eral Man­ager, LASWA, Oluwadamil­ola Em­manuel while con­firm­ing Wed­nes­day’s in­ci­dent said a sur­vivor’s ac­count re­vealed that the boat’s Cap­tain got dis­tracted while try­ing to col­lect fares from a pas­sen­ger and the boat was over­turned by the cur­rent when most pas­sen­gers were yet to wear their life jack­ets.

He said res­cue ef­fort was im­me­di­ate as the boat was just a few me­ters from where it took off.

But he dis­closed that only five peo­ple were res­cued out of the 19 oc­cu­pants.

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