Two persons have been reported killed, while eight others rescued in a boat mishap in Badagry area of Lagos State.
This is coming after a week of a similar incident in Ikorodu area that claimed seven lives. Ten people were onboard the boat when it capsized on Saturday. Those feared dead included the boat operator and a woman.
Men of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the marine police and local divers have been frantically combing the waterways on Saturday afternoon in search of the missing two persons.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NEMA in the South West Region, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the boat ran over a submerged log, causing it to capsize and throwing all the 10 persons inside overboard. The boat was said to be heading to Badagry.
Farinloye added that only four passengers on board the ill-fated boat wore their life jackets.
He said: “We have always advised commercial boat operators to ensure that all their passengers put on life jackets before leaving any jetty.
“The chairman of the jetty has reported at the office of the marine police in Badagry. The boat took off from Idagba in Ojo with ten passengers. The operator dropped them at Iworo and picked eight new passengers to go back. It was on his way back that the boat capsized.”
General Manager of LASEMA, Michael Akindele said that the boat capsized around Iworo Ajido by Aradagun Bus stop, near Badagry.
He said the agency received the distressed call through the emergency call number of Lagos State at about 10.47am, adding that “the agency immediately activated necessary emergency responders.”