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Lagos Boat Mishap: One Die, 16 Passengers Rescued Alive.

One passenger has been confirmed dead when a passenger boat named “TEMI 3 Global” from Lagos Island sailing to Ikorodu capsized around Adekunle Jetty with 17 passengers on Monday evening.

Eye witness revealed that the passenger boat, which departed CMS ferry terminal at about 04.35pm enroute Ikorodu got involved in under water problem which made it captised, throwing all the passengers on board into the water.

“Private boat owners and other local people in the area immediately jumped into the water and brought out all the 17 passengers on board alive. It was on the way to the hospital that one of them died, while the rest were medically treated at the hospital”, the source narrated.

Confirming the incident, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Zonal Coordinator South West, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye in a statement also affirmed that 16 persons were rescued while one was found dead.

According to reports, the boat was said to have hit a rock covered with water and it cracked a hole at the bottom of the boat.

He explained that water gushed in torrents into the boat and upturned it with the passengers and the crew inside the river.

While the other 16 passengers were rescued, one unfortunately drowned and died.

Also speaking on the incident, a statement issued by the National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, the Lagos Area Manager, Sarat Braimah, an engineer, said that the boat departed CMS Ferry Terminal at 1635hrs in route Ikorodu Ferry Terminal on 27th September, 2021 but was involved in the accident about 15 minutes later.

Braimah said: “A seventeen (17) passenger boat named “TEMI 3 Global” which departed CMS Ferry Terminal at 1635hrs in route Ikorodu Ferry Terminal on 27th September, 2021 was involved in an accident.

“Fifteen minutes into the journey near Adekunle Waterfront, the boat hit an underwater obstacle which broke the hull of the boat and this resulted to the capsize of the boat.

“There were immediate mobilization to the site of incident by National Inland Waterways Authority Search and Rescue Team, LASWA, Marine Police, Fishermen and other boat operators leading to the rescue of sixteen (16) persons alive while one person died while on the way to the hospital.

“We sincerely condole with the family of the deceased and pray for the soul of the dead to rest in perfect peace,” the statement concluded