Two Dead, 15 Rescued After Boat Accident Along Ikoyi -Lekki Link Bridge

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The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has disclosed that there was a boat mishap on Wednesday 21st February 2024, around the Ikoyi -Lekki link bridge axis.

LASWA in a statement signed by Wuraola Alake, Public Relations Unit of LASWA , said an inbound Ibeshe passenger boat with seventeen passengers had a collision with a submerged shoreline concrete at a construction point around the powerline corridor at the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge.

According to her, fifteen passengers have been rescued with two casualty, while search and rescue mission was ongoing.

Alake noted that the Ibeshe passenger ferry named T- Ben departed the Addax Jetty and the incident occurred at about 6:50 pm local time.

She added that combined officers from the search and rescue unit of LASWA, Lagos State Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) and other private boat operators were at the location of the incident combing to rescue the missing passenger.

According to LASWA, the accident was caused by a rise in Tide which caused the boat to collide with a submerged high-tension pole, leading to its overturning.

It was confirmed that two individuals, a male and a female, lost their lives in the accident.

However, the identities of the deceased have not been disclosed at this time. The agency further stated that 15 passengers were successfully rescued from the water unharmed.

The deceased female victim was recovered from the water, but despite efforts by emergency responders, she could not be saved.

“The body of an adult female was retrieved from the water and subsequently transported from the incident scene to LASWA head office at Falomo before being confirmed dead by the LRU paramedics,” LASWA stated.

“The adult female remains have been bagged and await the arrival of the SEHMU officials. The search for the body of the adult male is ongoing.”

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