16 passengers missing in another Lagos boat mishap around Mile 2
Barely three days after an unfortunate boat accident happened around Ikorodu area of Lagos, claiming two lives, another boat has capsized on the waterways around the Mile 2 area of the state.
In a statement on Saturday, Sarat Braimah, Lagos Area Manager, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), confirmed that the incident happened on Friday night.
Braimah said that 16 passengers on board the ill-fated boat were yet to be accounted for.
“At about 7.45 p.m., on July 8, the National Inland Waterways Authority and Lagos State Waterways Authority received a distress call of an incident on the waterways.
“A W19 passenger Fibre boat carrying 16 people capsized along the Ojo area of the state.
“The boat going from Mile 2 to Ibeshe in Ojo axis broke the waterways rules of late travelling by setting sail at 7.45 p.m,” she said.
She added that the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge and caused it to overturn.
“It is said that all passengers on board, including children, were not all putting on their life jackets.
“The search and rescue team of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), National Inland Waterways (NIWA) were immediately mobilised to the scene of the incident but unfortunately could only find the boat after several hours.
“Efforts are still ongoing to locate the victims.
“The Boat Captain is also unaccounted for as at the time of this press release,” Braimah said.
According to the Lagos Area Manager, NIWA, the boat is currently in the custody of the Marine Police.