5 Persons Die As Boat Capsizes In Ikorodu, Lagos
No less than five persons have died on Wednesday evening after a boat belonging to a firm, Blue Sea, capsized mid-sea while travelling to Ikorodu from Lagos Island of the State.
It was gathered that the corpses of the victims, four male and one female, had been deposited at the morgue of the Ikorodu General Hospital.
Confirming the tragic incident, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency and Management Agency, Adesina Tiamiyu, said:
“The agency received the distress call at about 5.57 pm and on arrival at the scene, it was observed that a 20-capacity passenger boat belonging to Blue Sea capsized mid-sea en route Ikorodu from Lagos Island
“Unfortunately, five persons – four adult females and one adult male – were confirmed dead and their bodies were deposited at the morgue of the Ikorodu General Hospital. Five persons, comprising four female and one male, were rescued alive.
“The exercise was carried out by the combined efforts of LASEMA, LASWA, LASAMBUS and SEHMU. The number of other rescued victims cannot be ascertained as they were brought to the jetty with other passing boats.”
He added that recovery efforts were still ongoing.
The Lagos State police spokesman, Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) who also confirmed the incident noted that 16 persons were rescued alive.
According to Oti, “the information reaching us from the Marine Unit of the command reveals that five persons died in the boat mishap, while 16 persons were rescued.
Our marine team is still combing the waters to see if there are other victims.
“The Commissioner of police, CP Imohimi Edgal, has ordered the officer in charge of the marine unit to investigate the remote cause of the accident,” he said.