Sunday, 7 February 2016

2 dead as another boat capsizes in Lagos

One week after a boat mishap in Badore claimed the lives of seven , another boat has capsized in the Badagry area with two feared dead.
It was gathered that the fibre boat which had 10 passengers, crashed into a log of wood after it took off on Saturday from Ebute Iworo Jetty, en route Badagry.Only four of the passengers were reported to have used live jackets, while others did not.
While eight people were rescued alive but two other victims a  female passenger and the boat driver had yet to be seen.
Confirming the incident, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), NEMA South-west Spokesperson, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said 
“Unlike the previous incident which was caused by sand dredgers, this incident was happened because the boat hit a log and capsized, upturning its passengers into the water.
“The boat is called a fibre boat because it has engine. It happened in Badagry. It so happened that the open canoe hit a log while sailing, lost balance, and capsized with 10 passengers.
“Emergency responders like the Marine police, LASWA, NIWA and local divers have rescued eight people alive while the search for a woman and the driver of the canoe continues. The correct figure of those rescued alive is eight. Also, out of the eight, only four wore life jackets while others did not.