…NIWA Attributes Mishap To Consequence Of Dredging Activities.
A 20 seater passenger boat operated by Eda Olaropin/Bayeku Association heading to Bayeku in Ikorodu from Okeranla in Ajah on Saturday capsized with three dead and 17 passengers rescued alive by officials of the National Inland Waterways Agency (NIAW).
The boat owner is Mr Kasali commander of Bayeku.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Head of Marine Department of NIWA Lagos, Engr Sarat Braimah
Braimah explained that the accident boat ran into a submerged object midstream within Okeranla axis, on Saturday afternoon and capsized.
The Head of Marine said that 17 passengers were rescued alive while three; all of whom were women were confirmed dead.
Braimah stated that NIWA, Lagos was contacted by the Lamgbasa Chairman, Mr Asumoc and that agency immediately deployed ambulance boat to rescue the victims
“Immediately we were contacted by the Lamgbasa chairman Mr Asumoc we deployed the ambulance boat on a rescue mission. The marine police and villagers were met on ground. With the joint efforts of all of us at the scene, 17 persons were rescued alive and two bodies were deposited at the morgue.”
He further disclosed that the Search and Rescue(SAR)team went back today (Sunday) morning to determine what the submerged object was that caused the mishap, adding that it was discovered to be a heap of sand; a consequence of dredging activities.