Three dead, others missing in Lagos boat mishap


At least three people have been confirmed dead and two others missing after two passenger boats had a head-on collision, Tuesday along the Irewe creek in Ojo Local Government, Lagos State. Three dead, others missing in Lagos boat mishap

According to Vanguard, the accident occurred at about 6:10 pm when both passenger boats were returning from where they had gone to pick fun-seekers that had visited some of the resorts in the riverine communities.

The Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA and other relevant agencies were still searching for the missing passengers.

The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Emmanuel Oluwadamilola, who made the disclosure in a statement, said that 13 people were rescued in the incident, but two others are still missing.

“At about 6:10 p.m. today, Aug. 13, two passenger speed boats had a head-on collision along the creek in Ojo local Govt Area of Lagos State.

“There were 10 passengers in a boat coming from Ojo jetty and eight passengers in another coming from Irewe community when the incident occurred.

“Eighteen passengers in total were involved with 13 rescued alive with three fatalities and two still missing–an adult and a child.

“Search and rescue operation is ongoing by relevant state agencies and the local community who were the first responders.

“Preliminary investigations by LASWA and LASEMA revealed that the incident was caused, due to reckless driving and over-speeding on the part of boat captains as one of them wasn’t in his right of way,” he said.