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Lagos rescues 12 persons after boat mishap


The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said it rescued twelve victims of a boat mishap which occurred Wednesday evening at about 8:20 pm.

The Guardian had earlier reported three persons were confirmed dead after a boat conveying about twenty passengers capsized in Lagos.

The passengers were en route Ojo from Coconut jetty, a suburb in Lagos when the boat capsized in the middle of the sea.

“Twelve of the passengers were rescued alive by Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) officials and local divers, three (two males, one female) were confirmed dead while search and rescue operation was put on hold till today for the remaining five missing persons,” LASEMA general manager Adesina Tiamiyu said in a statement.

“On getting to the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a boat carrying 20 passengers had capsized between Liverpool and Coconut Under Bridge on Wednesday, 7th November 2018.”

The LASEMA boss disclosed that the remains of the three passengers have been bagged and handed over to the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SEHMU) to be deposited at the morgue.

Although the whereabouts of the remaining five passengers was unknown, but Adesina noted that investigation was ongoing to identify circumstances that led to the accident.

Tiamiyu stated that LASEMA alongside officials of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, Marine Police and other stakeholders were on patrol to recover the missing bodies.

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