Black Friday! How Five Persons Perished In Horrific Boat Mishap In Lagos
The mishap occurred after a 20-passenger commercial ferry, with 21 passengers on board, had illegally departed from Èbúté Δr Jetty.
Five people drowned in a shipwreck that occurred in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Friday night, PM News reports.
The incident took place around 8.00 p.m. on Friday.
The mishap occurred after a 20-passenger commercial ferry, with 21 passengers on board, had illegally departed from Èbúté given by the Jetty, a few minutes past 8.00 p.m., heading towards Ikorodu, which crashed into an unknown object on the Waterways, causing the vessel to capsize.
Immediate rescue efforts have rescued 16 alive, five dead and one survivor in critical condition.
Following the mishap, the State Inland Waterways Authority (LASWA) issued a warning to all ferry operators and passengers against breaching the ‘no night travel’ law on the waterways.
The Lagos Sate Transportation Commissioner, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, and LASWA General Manager, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, who were at the Ikorodu scene this morning, confirmed that 16 passengers had been rescued alive with one person in critical condition and five fatalities through the efforts of the LASWA Search Party, the Local Boat Operators Search Team, the Marine Police and the La La.
Oladeinde, though committing the mishap with the families of the missing passengers, promised that the rapists will be tried as the tragic incident was already under investigation.
Regarding the Boat Mishap He advised Ferry operators to refrain from violating the safety guidelines laid down in order to prevent accidents of this sort in Lagos, stating that if the laws of no night sailing on the waterways from 6.00 p.m. had been strictly complied with by the operators, the accident might have been prevented.
Speaking at the scene of the incident, General Manager LASWA, Emmanuel, reiterated that any operator who has breached any of the safety rules laid down, in particular the no-night travel law, will be detained by the Marine Police and that the vessel in use will be confiscated.
He urged passengers to avoid night journeys on the waterways, as any passenger found on board these night trips will also be prosecuted in compliance with the applicable laws of the State.
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Courtesy: Tori Naija