Sunday, 30 June 2019

Pregnant woman dies, others missing as boat capsizes in Lagos (Photos)

Two people have been reported dead, including a pregnant woman in a boat mishap that occurred in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state on Saturday.

According to reports, the boat which was conveying passengers from Ajah to Egbin, capsized at about 10pm.

None of the passengers were said to putting on a life jacket when the incident happened.

The survivors said the boat driver who was not on duty, was returning from where he had gone to repair his boat when he met them and they pleaded with him to take them to Egbin.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) attributed the incident to overloading. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, chief executive officer of the agency, said two corpses had been recovered while rescue operation was ongoing.

“The boat allegedly capsized due to overloading. It was gathered that the boat was overturned by the heavy current three persons were rescued and were taken to hospital,” he said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, the lifeless body of an adult female, identified as Aniyikaye Oluwaseunfunmi, 40 years old and unnamed person were found and bagged by the Agency’s response team.

“Rescue and recovery efforts continue for the other missing passengers by LASEMA , LASWA officials and the Marine Police.”

Sadly, the boat capsized shortly after takeoff.  The boat driver is also among the missing persons.

Efforts are being made to find and rescue the missing ones. 

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