Three Die, Two Missing In Lagos Boat Accident

An overboard boat with passengers not wearing life jackets (File Photo: NAN)

Three people have been killed while two others are still missing in a boat accident that occurred at Irewe community in Ojo area of Lagos state, Concise News reports.

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) confirmed the accident which happened late Tuesday.

General Manager of LASWA, Emmanuel Oluwadamilola, said that 13 people were rescued in the incident.

“At about 6:10 p.m. today, Aug. 13, two passenger speed boats had a head-on collision along the creek in Ojo local Govt Area of Lagos State,” he said in a statement.

“There were 10 passengers in a boat coming from Ojo jetty and eight passengers in another coming from Irewe community when the incident occurred.

“Eighteen passengers in total were involved with 13 rescued alive with three fatalities and two still missing–an adult and a child.

“Search and rescue operation is ongoing by relevant state agencies and the local community who were the first responders.

“Preliminary investigations by LASWA and LASEMA revealed that the incident was caused, due to reckless driving and over-speeding on the part of boat captains as one of them wasn’t in his right of way.”

The LASWA boss said that further investigations would be carried out and those found wanting would be sanctioned accordingly.

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