…Recovers Accident Boat
…Says Operator Broke Waterways Rules By Setting Sail At 7.45 pm
Lagos Area, Manager, National Inland Waterways Authority(NIWA), Engr. Sarat Braimah has said that the 16 passengers onboard a W19 passenger Fibre boat which capsized along the Ojo area of the state have not been accounted for.
This is just as she also revealed that the Boat Captain, whose name she did not disclosed is also unaccounted for as at the time of this press release.
She said this in a statement she signed and made available to AbelNews today in Lagos.
The NIWA , Lagos Are Manager said that at about 7.45 yesterday 8th of July 2022, NIWA and the Lagos State Waterways Authority(LASWA) received a distress call of an incident on the waterways.
She added that a W19 passenger Fibre boat carrying 16 people capsized along the Ojo area of the state.
The Boat, the NIWA Area Manager said was going from Mile 2 to Ibeshe in Ojo axis broke the waterways rules of late travelling by setting sail at 7.45 pm.
She explained that as the operator set out, the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge which caused the boat to overturn.
Braimah said that as at the time the boat capsized, it was alleged that not all the passengers on board which includes children were putting on their life jackets.
She hinted that the Search and Rescue(SAR) team of LASWA and NIWA and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) were immediately mobilised to the scene of the incident but unfortunately could only find the boat after several hours while efforts are still ongoing to locate the victims.
The accident boat, Braimah said has been recovered and currently in the custody of Marine Police.