Lagos boat mishap: LASWA rescues 14 victims as death toll rises to six

The Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, says the death toll in the Friday’s evening boat mishap near Ikorodu has risen to six, while fourteen victims have been rescued.

The General Manager of LASWA, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, disclosed this while providing an update on the incident in an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Saturday.

The LASWA GM, said the total number of rescued victims of the ill-fated 20-passenger ferry now stands at 14 as against 16 earlier quoted.

According to him, one of the victims is still missing.

“There were 21 people in the ferry including the captain, 14 of them were rescued alive, the fatalities have increased to six so far from five.

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“However, one victim is still missing.

“The ongoing search by LASWA, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), local boat operators and the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) continues,” Emmanuel said.

Recall that a 20-capacity passenger boat with the name “Lalek Marine” had left Ebute Ero Jetty around 8 p.m. after the approved sailing time of 6 p.m but didn’t make it to its destination, which was Ikorodu Terminal on Friday.

The boat, which took off illegally from Èbúté Ẹrọ Jetty, heading towards Ikorodu, ran into an unforeseen object on the waterways, which resulted in the mishap.

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