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Death Toll Rises To 15 In Lagos Boat Mishap




BREAKING: Scores Die In Fresh Boat Mishap In Niger State

Report reaching Naija News says that the death toll in Saturday’s boat accident at Badore near Lekki, Lagos state has risen from two to 15.

Recall that Naija News had on Sunday reported the mishap that claimed the lives of two, had about three persons rescued because they swam out of the water, while about 16 persons were still being searched for.

However, a report followed on Television Continental (TVC) quoting Ijede Local Council Development Area chairman, Salisu Jimoh said that four bodies were recovered on Sunday and some yesterday.

Similarly, a statement by Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) confirmed the recovery of four bodies on Sunday.

The statement signed by its public affairs officer Kehinde Adebayo, however, said five bodies were also recovered yesterday, Monday.

“Search and rescue are still ongoing for the other missing persons yet to be found by officials of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and Marine Police with support from the local divers.

“Community leaders, as well as local fishermen in the area, have been informed to avail the agency of any information through the emergency toll-free lines 112/767 to enhance total recovery,” the statement said.

It urged those whose relations are missing to report to the Marine Police or any police station around the scene of the accident.

LASEMA stressed the importance of the use of life jackets by drivers and passengers to ensure safety.

The boat was said to have capsized due to a mechanical fault the boat had been suffering. The sailor of the boat was said to be returning with his boat from where he had gone to repair it when he met a group of 20 persons who were stranded and were going to the Ikorodu area of the state.

The driver of the boat succumbed to the pleas of the passengers who were stranded and decided to transport them even without their life jackets.

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