…As 7 family members on funeral visit hit rough tides***
The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) on Monday confirmed that two people drowned, while one person remains missing, following a fishing boat mishap, that occurred at Ibeshe, Ikorodu area, Monday evening.
The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said in a statement made available to newsmen that four people were actually rescued alive in the mishap.
Emmanuel said: “A boat mishap occurred at about 7 p.m. today Monday the 31st of August 2020, around Offin Ibeshe Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
“A fishing boat from Makoko Community with Seven (7) passengers onboard, five (5 ) adults including the boat captain and two (2) toddlers, capsized into the Lagos lagoon while heading to Offin area in Ikorodu.
“Further inquires revealed that the cause of the incidence was the rough water current usually recorded around the area.”
The general manager said that the first responder at the scene of the incident was a passenger ferry that witnessed the incident before the arrival of LASWA rescue team.
“Inquiries reveal that the fishing boat, which was clearly operating outside its fishing capability and therefore not equipped with necessary safety gadgets for passengers ferry operation, carried the occupants who are all related and headed to Offin for a relative’s funeral.
“Upon further investigations, it was revealed that all Seven (7) passengers onboard were not wearing a lifejacket. Four (4) passengers were rescued alive two (2) fatalities and one (1) passenger missing.
“The men of the LASEMA and Marine Police have been contacted to support the ongoing search operation for the remaining victim while further investigation is ongoing,” he said.
There have been saddening reports of accidents on waterways in Lagos in recent times, with the latest being July 29 at Kirikiri, which claimed more about 12 lives.