Lucky to be alive: 10 rescued as boat capsizes in Lagos

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At least 10 passengers onboard Lagos Waterways are lucky to be alive after their boat capsized. This is according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

NEMA Acting Coordinator in Lagos State, Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye while disclosing this in a statement said the boat took off from Lagos Island going to Ikorodu before it capsized.

Farinloye said that with the special support by operators and volunteers, they pulled resources together, and rescued the passengers.

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“10 passengers were rescued live when their boat capsized”. Farinloye said.

Further confirming the incident, General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said that the authority was still compiling information about the accident and the cause.

Emmanuel said the boat left Lagos Island and experienced a lot of water activities.

LASWA had on June 18, celebrated zero record of boat mishap in the last six months in the state waterways.

On June 23, a local boat with four adult males on a boating expedition capsized due to water turbulence; three of the passengers were rescued while one was missing.

Also, on July 3, a-20 capacity passenger boat with the name “Lalek Marine” said to have left Ebute Ero Jetty around 8.00 p.m. after the approved sailing time of 6.00p.m, did not arrive at its Ikorodu Terminal.

Twenty-one people were on board of the ill-fated boat, in which 14 were rescued, while seven died.v