Vanguard (Lagos)

18 June 2014

Nigeria: One Missing, Nine Rescued As Boat Capsizes in Lagos

Lagos — At least one person drowned and nine others rescued as a passenger boat capsized in Lagos.

This came barely a month after a passenger boat capsized under Bonny Camp bridge, Victoria Island axis of the state on May 18, killing one of the nine passengers on board.

Vanguard gathered that the Coconut Island-bound boat capsized at about 4:00 pm on Monday between Ojo and Tin Can Island, Apapa Local Government Area.

An eyewitness explained that all passengers on board the ill‑fated boat wore life jackets. But immediately the boat capsized, one of the passengers, a male, drowned and his life jacket immediately floated.

He noted that they could not determine the cause of the incident, saying the boat was certified okay before leaving Tin Can shores.

It would be recalled that the state government, few months ago, received the report of the committee to investigate causes of boat mishap on the state waterways.

Confirming the mishap, Information Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said the identity of the missing person was yet to be known, adding: "The body of the missing person is yet to be recovered. But I can assure you that we are still searching for it."

On the cause of the mishap, Farinloye explained: "From my interview with the survivors, waves from four bigger boats that passed beside the boat at that time caused it to lose balance, and the passengers began to panic. This further caused the boat to capsize."

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