TRAGEDY! 7 Dead, Others Missing in Boat Accident in Lagos - Leystradamus.Com.Ng

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

TRAGEDY! 7 Dead, Others Missing in Boat Accident in Lagos

*Agency summons emergency meeting
No fewer than seven persons died on Saturday when a passenger boat capsized in Ikorodu, Lagos. The boat belonging to Aki Marine was said to have capsized at about 10:30am at Ijede after it collided at a dredging point enroute Ijede.

The General Manager Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), Michael Akindele, said that the 20-passenger capacity boat had 17 passenger and two crew members on board.

Contrary to reports from NEMA, the LASEMA boss said four victims have been rescued.

He added that those rescued were presently receiving treatment at Ijede General Hospital. According to him, rescue operation was still on to recover the remaining eight passengers still missing.

He said the agency was expecting the boat manifest while further investigation would be carried out by the appropriate agencies to ascertain the actual cause of the accident.

Akindele advised boat operators and passengers to observe necessary safety measures such as the use of life jacket and regular checks of their engines.

Consequently, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has summoned an emergency meeting with all commercial boat operators in the state on Tuesday to check future incidence.

The agency also vowed to clamp down on boat operators who continue to contravene the rules and regulations guiding their operations.
May the souls of those who died in this unfortunate accident rest in peace. Amen!

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