Yesterday, a boat with 26 passengers on board overturned at the Ikorodu area, claiming the lives of eight persons. Twelve of the passengers survived the accident, while six others are still missing.
The boat belonging to Bell Marine Services was said to have taken off from Ebute-Ero jetty on the Lagos Island and was heading to Majidun jetty at Ikorodu when turbulent waves upturned it.
It was gathered that the eight passengers died as a result of complications arising from hypothermia and shock.
Confirming the incident, Ibrahim Farinloye, Public Relations Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) South-west said rescue agencies received the information two hours after the accident occurred and quickly moved to the scene for the rescue operation.
“The boat capsized between Eko Bridge and Ikorodu waterways and at the end of the rescue operation, a total of 20 persons were rescued alive while we continued to search for the remaining persons who we gathered were onboard the boat,” he said.
Farinloye explained that one of the challenges facing water transportation is the lack of essential safety facilities, especially safety jackets and first aid in the craft, as well as the challenge of overloading of the craft.