5 folks have drowned in a boat mishap which occurred at Ikorodu space of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Friday night time, PM Information studies.
The incident occurred round 8.00pm on Friday.
The mishap occurred after a 20-passenger capability business ferry with 21 passengers on board took off illegally from Èbúté Ẹrọ Jetty at about jiffy previous 8.00pm heading in the direction of Ikorodu, bumped into an unexpected object on the Waterways inflicting the boat to capsize.
The instant rescue efforts deployed saved 16 alive, 5 lifeless with one survivor in vital situation.
Following the mishap, the State Inland Waterways Authority, (LASWA) has issued out warnings to all Ferry operators and passengers in opposition to violating the laid down rule of ‘no night time travelling’ on the waterways.
The Lagos Sate Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, and the Normal Supervisor LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel who had been on the Ikorodu scene of the incident this morning confirmed that 16 passengers have been rescued alive with one individual in vital situation and 5 fatalities by means of the efforts of LASWA Search Occasion, Native Boat Operators search crew, the Marine Police and the Lagos State Emergency Administration Company (LASEMA).
Oladeinde, whereas commiserating with the households of the misplaced passengers of the mishap assured that the violators can be prosecuted because the unlucky incidence was already underneath investigation.
He urged Ferry operators to desist from breaking the laid down security tips to keep away from incidents of this nature, saying that if the rule of no night time travelling on the waterways from 6.00pm had been strictly adhered to by operators, the accident may have been averted
Additionally talking on the scene of the incident, the Normal Supervisor LASWA, Emmanuel reiterated that henceforth any operator who violated any of the laid down security tips, particularly the no night time travelling rule, can be arrested by the Marine Police and that the boat in use confiscated.
He urged passengers to cease waterways night time journeys as any passenger discovered on board of such boats at night time would even be prosecuted in accordance with the related legal guidelines of the State.