7 die in Lagos boat accident

Posted by News Express | 30 January 2016 | 2,041 times

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Seven people have died following a boat accident in Lagos on Saturday morning.

It was gathered that the incident occurred after the boat which was conveying 17 people from Badore in the Ajah area of Lagos to Ijedeh in Ikorodu, Lagos State capsized.

The Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in the Southwest region, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told Channels Television through a telephone call that 13 of the occupants of the boat were rescued while one reportedly died in a hospital in Ajah.

The remaining 12 are said to be receiving treatment in the hospital.

As at the time of the phone call, Mr Farinloye explains how the incident happened.

“We received a distress call at about 10:25am about a boat mishap with 17 passengers on board, immediately we mobilised the Marine Police, National Island Waterways and Lagos State Waterways Agency to search and rescue the victims.”

He explained that the cause of the accident was a pile up of sand along their route which the boat did not see and ran into it.

He added that two more people are yet to be found although there are conflicting reports from the different rescue agencies but he added that “some people are dead while 11 people have been rescued.” (Channels TV)


Source: News Express

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