By DAPO OLAWUNI
Barely three days after the unfortunate boat accident around Ikorodu area of Lagos State which led to death of two passengers, another boat accident occured on Friday night around Mile 2 area of Lagos.
In a press release issued by the Lagos Area Manager of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Eng Sarat Braimah on Saturday morning, 16 passengers onboard the ill-fated boat are yet to be accounted for.
“At about 7.45 today the 8th of July 2022, 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 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 7.45pm.As he set out, the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge which caused the boat to overturn. It is said that all passengers on board which includes 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 mobilized to the scene of the incident but unfortunately could only find the boat after several hours while efforts are still ongoing to locate the victims.
“The Boat is currently in the custody of Marine Police. The Boat Captain is also unaccounted for as at the time of this press release” she stated