One dead, 19 rescued in Lagos boat mishap

Lagos Water transportation ferry boat

A passenger boat conveying over 20 passengers on Tuesday capsized in Lagos with one person dead and 19 others injured.

The boat was said to have capsized on the 3rd Mainland Bridge axis of the Lagos waterways.

Those rescued were taken to the Ebute-Ero Jetty while the search for the remaining victims was ongoing as at press time.

The passenger who lost his life in the mishap was said to have sunk with the carcass of the boat while investigations still ongoing to unravel the cause of the accident.

Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Damilola Emmanuel, confirmed the death of the passenger.

The Lagos State Government last Wednesday said it had stepped up efforts to clamp down on illegal jetty and boat operators in a renewed effort to stem the tide of boat mishaps often caused by illegal operations on the inland waterways.

Mr Emmanuel said that strict enforcement which would be meticulously carried out across the State, adding that the Government would stop at nothing to ensure that operators adhere to the safety standards.