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3 dead and 5 missing as boat capsizes in Lagos

About three persons have been confirmed dead and five missing by Lagos State Government after a passenger boat capsized on the lagoon.

The 20-seater passenger boat, including two boat operators, capsized when it collided with another wooden boat on Wednesday evening.

Immediately after the mishap, eyewitness disclosed that 12 passengers were rescued by the emergency management agencies and Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA officials.

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It was gathered that the accident would have been prevented if the boat operator had heeded LASWA’s warning against night operations in the state.

Confirming the mishap, General Manager of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, disclosed that the boat en route Ojo from Coconut jetty, a suburb in Lagos, capsized mid-sea.

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He hinted that investigation conducted revealed that the boats were a passenger boat, “God Bless” and a wooden water supply service boat. According to him, unfortunately, three persons were confirmed dead and their bodies have been deposited in the morgue, while 12 persons were rescued alive and five persons are missing.

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He stressed that efforts of the rescue operators aided the rescue of 12 passengers, assuring that recovery efforts will continue until those missing have been found.




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