No fewer than two people were dead in a boat mishap and four others rescued as a fishing boat capsized around Offin Ibeshe, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
The tragedy occurred around 7.00pm on Monday.
Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, confirmed the incident from a credible source.
According to the report, a fishing boat from Makoko Community with seven passengers onboard, which included five adults and two toddlers capsized into the Lagos lagoon while heading to Offin area in Ikorodu.
“Further inquires revealed that the cause of the incidence was the rough water current usually recorded around the Area.
“The First responder to the incident was a passenger ferry that witness the incident before the arrival of LASWA rescue team.
“Inquiries reveal that the fishing boat which was clearly operating outside its fishing capability and therefore not equipped with necessary safety gadgets for passengers ferry operation carried the occupants who are all related and headed to Offin for a relative’s funeral,” he said.
Emmanuel said upon further investigations, it was revealed that all seven passengers on board were not wearing a life jacket, adding that “four passengers were rescued alive, two fatalities recorded and one passenger missing.