Lagos boat mishap leaves 3 dead, 5 missing

Sanwo-Olu orders probe into Lagos boat accident
Capsized boat

No fewer than three people were confirmed dead and five others missing on Wednesday night as a boat capsized in Lagos.

The boat had 20 persons on board.

The boat, it was gathered, capsized following a collision with a wooden boat in water supply service.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, explained that the accident occurred mid-sea enroute Ojo from Coconut jetty, a suburb of Lagos.

“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,” Emmanuel said.

He added that efforts to rescue the victims were carried out by the combined efforts of LASWA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS).

Following the efforts, 12 passengers were rescued.

Efforts to rescue those missing were ongoing, he said.

Emmanuel warned passengers to ensure their safety by wearing life jackets when travelling on water.

He said the government would carry out investigation into the case and bring those responsible to book.